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Athletics Canada Travel Medical Recommendations

Athletics Canada Medical Staff recommend the following documents be review by staff and athletes prior to travelling


Athletics Canada Medical Staff recommend the following vaccines be considered for staff and athletes who are travelling


  • Destination Specific Vaccine Recommendations


Routine Childhood immunizations for those raised in Canada
Check with your family physician to confirm that you have had these vaccine as they are commonly given to children who grew up in Canada.  Many of these illnesses are rare in Canada but common internationally; especially in developing countries (remember there are always many developing countries at major events).


Please contact Dr. Paddy McCluskey, Chief Medical Officer/Sport Medicine Lead, West Hub for any questions.

Tetanus, diphtheria and Pertussis

Needed once every 10 years. Usually given in school at age 14; due again at age 24


Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

2 MMR vaccines needed for full protection

Varicella/Chicken Pox

Highly recommended if you have never had chicken pox

Hepatitis B

This has been available as a childhood immunization since the late 1980s.

Important: Recommended for all travel regardless of location, so please ensure that you have received this vaccine


This causes meningitis and can be contacted by close contact with those infected.  International outbreaks are common.


Travellers to certain parts of Africa & Asia may be at risk for polio. Everyone should be up-to-date with their routine polio vaccine series that Canadians receive as a child. The full series is 4 vaccines.

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