Children’s Vaccines & Safety

Children and Infant Travel Vaccinations

Do children need to see a travel medicine professional?

Should I bring my child to a travel clinic?

If you are traveling abroad with children, it is particularly important to visit a travel clinic as different countries have different health risks and may require specific vaccines. Children may face the same risks as their parents during travel, along with more serious health consequences. In fact, newborns and children may be more susceptible to certain travel-related illnesses.

Is my child too young for travel clinics?

Can I bring my infant to a travel clinic?

There is no minimum age for a travel medicine consultation and your travel medicine professional can help you with destination-specific vaccines, medicines, and information for you and your children. Discussing your itinerary and planned activities with your provider allows them to give more specific advice and recommendations.

Some travel vaccines can be given to infants as young as 6 months old and may even be required to take certain medications to prevent diseases like malaria. Rockdoc’s Travel Medicine Professionals will also provide you with important advice regarding infants or children, such as which sunscreens or insect repellants are safe or recommended for certain ages.

Vaccination Safety for Children

Canada has very high standards for vaccine safety – Health Canada only approves vaccines after a thorough and independent review of the scientific evidence. Like any medication, vaccines can cause side effects and reactions. After being vaccinated, it’s common to have temporary side effects, such as chills, fatigue or minor redness or swelling at the injection site. Side effects usually last from a few hours to a few days after vaccination. This is the body’s natural response, as it’s working hard to build immunity against the disease.

As with all vaccines and any medication, there’s a chance that there could be serious side effects, though it is important to note these serious side effects are rare. If your child experiences any unusual symptoms after vaccination, contact your health care provider or your public health unit.

We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the provided information, however, it is not feasible for us to update daily. Please book a virtual consultation with one of our Travel Medicine Professionals for current, personalized advice and answers to any questions you may have.

Children's Vaccination Information

  • Science and history have shown that vaccination is one of the best tools to protect us from certain infectious diseases. Some childhood diseases that were once common in Canada are now rare because of vaccines.
  • Only vaccines that meet the safety, effectiveness and quality criteria of Health Canada are approved for use.
  • Vaccines that are part of routine childhood vaccination programs in Canada can protect your child against serious diseases. It’s important for children to get all recommended vaccinations on time to get the best protection against these diseases.
  • Some vaccines provide life-long protection, while others need booster doses to continue providing protection throughout your child’s life.

Before you travel, be sure to book a virtual consult with a Rockdoc Travel Medicine Professional from anywhere in Canada. Our team of certified medical specialists will determine your risk and provide next steps to ensure you are informed and protected against travel-related illnesses.

For optimal results, it’s best to have your travel medicine consultation 4-6 weeks before your trip to allow vaccines to take effect, as some may need multiple doses. For unexpected last-minute trips, we’ll customize recommendations based on your available time before departure.

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Available travel vaccinations and medications

We offer the following travel vaccinations and medications:

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