Are Travel Vaccines Free / Covered by Government?

Travel Clinics, Provincial Health and More

Are travel vaccines covered by public health like OHIP or MSP?

Are travel vaccines free?

Travel vaccinations are typically not free, nor subsidized by provincial health programs as they are elective or optional and therefore must be paid for privately.

Travel vaccinations are not free in Canada primarily due to several factors:

  • Travel vaccines are often specialized and may not be part of routine immunization schedules. They may protect against diseases that are not prevalent in the traveler’s home country but are common in the destination.
  • Travel vaccinations are often considered a personal choice related to international travel plans. Individuals are generally responsible for their own health decisions and preparations when it comes to travel.
  • Healthcare resources in Canada are primarily directed towards essential services like doctor visits, hospital care, and treatments for illnesses and injuries. Providing free travel vaccinations would divert resources away from these critical services.
  • The need for vaccinations depends on the destination, the time of year, and the individual’s health status. Travel clinics invest in additional training, equipment, and resources to provide these specialized services.

Immunizations are among the most effective ways to prevent travel-related infections. Many of the vaccine-preventable diseases that are uncommon in Canada still occur in other parts of the world.

Does extended health benefits cover travel clinic services?

Can I claim travel medicine consultations with my extended health benefits or insurance provider?

Many extended health benefits and insurance providers may cover all or part of the travel consultation. It’s important to check with your insurance provider to understand what is covered and what documentation you may need to submit for reimbursement.

Can my family doctor provide travel medical services?

It’s always wise to invest in protecting your health before venturing abroad. Most family doctors do not have the specific training and qualifications in travel medicine. Accounting for these services as part of your travel budget will ensure you can enjoy the trip without unexpected health issues.

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.

What can a Travel Health Clinic do for you?

  • Provides an immunization plan for recommended or required vaccines to travel.
  • Prescriptions for important medication – both to prevent and treat illnesses.
  • Education for precautions specific to destination(s) such as food and water safety.
  • Address specific personal health concerns or requirements to travel safely.

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

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