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  • Get to Know the Travel Health Division @ PHAC

    Michle SabourinManager, Knowledge Translation and Capacity Building

    Travel Health DivisionInfectious Disease Prevention and Control Branch

    Public Health Agency of Canada

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    Overview

    Travel Health Division at PHAC

    Travel Health section of PHACs website

  • Snapshot of Travel Health at PHAC

    Small but mighty

    Focus on four key areas Risk assessment and epidemiology Professional guidelines and capacity

    building Knowledge transfer Yellow fever vaccination designation

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    Travel Health Division

    Risk Assessment, Surveillance and Epidemiology

    Program Management and Strategic Planning

    Knowledge Translation and Capacity Building

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    Risk Assessment, Surveillance and Epidemiology

    Epidemiological support the Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel (CATMAT)

    Member of the WHO Yellow Fever Risk Mapping Working Group

  • Risk Assessment, Surveillance and Epidemiology Data Collection and Analysis

    Airport surveys: knowledge, health practices and attitudes towards prevention of travel-related illness among Canadians travelling to a developing country

    Geosentinel: support CanTravNet, a combination of data from 5 Canadian GeoSentinel Sites including a customized Canadian Healthmap that displays patient events entered only by Canadian sites

    Notifiable disease data on malaria, typhoid and cholera

    Statistics Canada data on travellers

    Travel Health Notices

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    Travel Health Notices

    Actively seek to identify and evaluate information about new, unusual or rapidly evolving health risks

    Risk framework to determine whether to post and at what level

    Travel Health Notices outlining the potential risks to Canadian travellers, and recommends measures to reduce these risks

    Posted with date and reviewed at minimum monthly to determine if editing or removal is required

    Levels of Risk for Travel Health Notices

    Level 1 Practice Usual Travel Health Precautions

    Level 2 Practise Special Health Precautions

    Level 3 Avoid Non-Essential Travel

    Level 4 Avoid all Travel

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    Strategic Planning and Program Management and Yellow Fever Designation Project management support to all sections in

    the Division Secretariat support to CATMAT and ad hoc

    committees Strategic planning and coordination with internal

    stakeholders

    Yellow Fever Vaccination PHAC responsible to designate sites in Canada

    which can administer the yellow fever vaccine

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    Knowledge Translation and Capacity Building Travel Health Division has a

    KT plan which identifies our stakeholders and how we reach them

    Undertaking a number of targeted initiatives to reach travellers and health care providers and to increase visibility of website, including CATMAT products Conference presentations Travel industry events

    Posters and leaflets (with QR codes) available through 1 800 OCanada

  • Knowledge Translation and Capacity Building

    Web buttons & Widgets

    Well on Your Way brochure, joint PHAC and DFAIT publication, is available for free at: http://www.voya ge.gc.ca/publicat ions/menu- eng.asp

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    Knowledge Translation and Capacity Building

    Developing partnerships Key travel interest holders

    Travel Health Insurance Association of Canada

    Association of Canadian Travel Agents Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors Aeroplan & Expedia

    Service providers iMD Health

    Government Department of Foreign Affairs and

    International Trade US Centres for Disease Control and

    Prevention

  • Provide opportunities for capacity building for health care professionals in travel health Capacity Building Working Group CME e-learning module on yellow

    fever

    Considerable work undertaken, and going, to improve our website www.travelhealth.gc.ca

    Knowledge Translation and Capacity Building

    http://www.travelhealth.gc.ca/

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    Travel Health Division Website

    Primary mode of information exchange with the public is our website www.travelhealth.gc.ca

    Undertook evaluation of Travel Health website Visitor Pattern Analysis (VPA) of the PHAC

    Travel Health website VPA of travel health broadly online Focus groups on architecture and content

    Results strongly suggested Wording was too technical Website was not serving public who

    preferred country recommendations

    http://www.travelhealth.gc.ca/

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    PHAC Travel Health Website (www.travelhealth.gc.ca)

    As a result, PHAC did a website overhaul Content rewritten: shorter and non technical

    Health and travel positive look and feel

    Ten country pages piloted: China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, India,

    Kenya, Mexico, Poland, Thailand and the United Kingdom

    Additional 15 countries soon available: Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Greece, Iran, Italy,

    Jamaica, Japan, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Vietnam

    Expansion to all countries in 2012-2013

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    Travel Health Division Website

    Key aspects of the site which may be of interest: Country specific recommendations Travel health fact sheets Travel Health Notices Yellow fever vaccination information CATMAT recommendation statements For Professional update coming soon

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    Country specific recommendations

    On each Country page: Advise public to seek advice from health care

    provider Travel Health Notices in effect related to

    disease Vaccines

    Routine Vaccines to consider Yellow fever requirements

    Other Food and Water borne diseases Insects and Illness Malaria Animals and Illness Person-to-Person

    Keep in Mind: travel kit and link to DFAIT

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    Travel Health Fact Sheets

    Collection of travel health fact sheets focussed on individual diseases

    New fact sheets recently added on: Oral rehydration solutions Medical tourism Travel health kit Travelling while pregnant

    Upcoming: additional fact sheets on Targeted travel populations (ie. children,

    adventure traveller, visiting friends and relatives)

    Key general travel health guidance

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    CATMAT in the For Professionals Section: Clinical practice (CPG) and other

    guidelines related to travel and travellers for health professional travel-related, vaccine-preventable

    diseases: specific to travel (e.g., typhoid, yellow fever,

    Japanese encephalitis considerations specific to the travel context (e.g.,

    polio and meningitis). travel-related diseases for which vaccines

    are not currently available (e.g., malaria and dengue);

    groups of diseases (e.g., diarrhea, sexually-transmitted infections);

    specific populations of travellers (e.g., paediatric traveller, pregnant traveller);

    specific approaches to prevention (e.g., prevention of arthropod bites)

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    Yellow fever vaccination www.travelhealth.gc.ca

    Information for travellers and health care providers on: Yellow fever and vaccination Country entry requirements Finding/becoming a designated site

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    Working together to promote travel healthKey messages to keep in mind:

    Before you go Consult a health care provider preferably six weeks before you

    travel Surf before you fly: Check the PHAC website for up-to-date travel

    health information (travelhealth.gc.ca ) Check Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canadas (DFAIT)

    website for safety and security information (travel.gc.ca) Obtain full travel health insurance coverage for both illness and

    injury

    While you travel Protect yourself from food-borne and water-borne illnesses: Boil it,

    cook it, peel it or leave it! Protect yourself from insect bites: Cover up, and use insect

    repellent on exposed skin If you get sick while in another country call consular service for

    assistance to locate a health care provider

    When you return If you have a fever when you return home, especially if you

    travelled to an area with malaria, see a health care provider immediately

    http://travelhealth.gc.ca/http://www.travel.gc.ca/

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