As we make ready to travel to our favorite sun destination, we may be overlooking a most important aspect of our planning.

Our passports are in order, currency is exchanged, and our hot weather clothes are cleaned and pressed.

What may be being taken for granted is our health, specifically our pre-travel preventative health measures.

Provincial, state, and federal health boards will all recommend we visit a travel health clinic 6 to 8 weeks in advance of departure.

Travelers have somehow come to believe that visiting Mexico, Jamaica, or other parts of the Caribbean are perfectly safe, other than the occasional case of Montezuma’s revenge.

That is false thinking. Many have returned from these destination with diseases like hepatitis from the water or other sources.

You may want to make sure you are up to date with your diphtheria polio, mumps and measles, just to name a few, in addition to the immunizations which will be recommended for your destination.

You should not have trouble booking your reservation at this time of the year but towards winter travel health clinics really get over loaded.

Canadian Travelers need to know that travel health is not covered by provincial plans so there will be a charge for the ‘consultation’ in addition to any vaccinations required.

While there is frequently resistance to charges in a system that we have come to view as ‘free’, it is a highly specialized area of medicine, which is seldom practiced by general practitioners.

Be more secure knowing the costs of recovery are dramatically higher than the cost of prevention.