Disease Prevention & Travel Health Services

Pharmacists in Saskatchewan now have the authority to prescribe and inject domestic and travel health vaccinations. Pharmacists have been able to give injections since 2015. They receive their initial education around these services during their post-secondary pharmacy program. Pharmacists in Saskatchewan who provide these services have taken additional training and education around domestic and travel health services. 

What is Disease Prevention? 

Disease prevention means that pharmacists can assess your vaccination needs such as shingles, Diptheria, and HPV. Some vaccinations are publically funded and therefore everyone is encouraged to talk to their health care providers or visit their public health clinics. At this time, the only publically funded immunization pharmacists can provide is the seasonal influenza immunization. To see the current list of public travel health clinics, click here.


What are travel health services?

Travel health services refer to any immunizations you may need prior to traveling abroad. Pharmacists can prescribe and inject clients for their travel immunizations. Examples of such vaccines include Diptheria, tetanus, or measles.


What do you mean by low and high-risk travel services?

There are two levels of travel vaccinations; low and high-risk travel. Low-risk travel focuses on areas where vaccinations for travelers diarrhea, Hepatitis A and B are applicable.

High-risk travel immunizations may include but not always Cholera (except the oral, inactivated vaccine), European Tick-Borne Encephalitis, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies, Typhoid, Malaria, Altitude Illness and Yellow Fever. 


What to expect from your pharmacist:

Consultation
  • Pharmacists will pre-assess clients through a series of questions such as:
  • Do you have any current medical conditions?
  • What medications are you currently on?
  • Where are you traveling to?
  • How long are you traveling for?
  • What types of activities are you doing while traveling? (excursions, hiking, etc.)

Assessment
Once they have completed their consultations, pharmacists will do an assessment based on your travel needs. They will inform of their assessment and go over what is recommended with clients.
Consultations and assessments may happen over the phone or in-person depending on client preference.

Prescription
Once they have completed their assessment, they will prescribe the vaccinations. Clients can either have the vaccinations completed with the pharmacists or bring them to another health provider.

Injection
Pharmacists will then inject clients with the vaccinations at another appointment. Due to the availability of vaccines, the injecting of the vaccine may take place at a different appointment than the consultation and assessment. Many vaccinations will need to be ordered by the pharmacist prior to a client's in-person appointment.

Afterward the Injection
Pharmacists will provide their clients with a record of the vaccination(s) they just received. 

What If I Have Issues After Travel?
Post-travel, pharmacists will provide follow-up care if travel-related issues occur.

*Please note, travel vaccinations are not publically funded and clients will be required to pay either their pharmacist or the travel clinic to receive them.


Where can I receive these services?
Many pharmacies across the province are providing these services. However, all pharmacies do not provide the same level of service. Each pharmacy listed shows their service level but it is recommended everyone should contact their local pharmacy and discuss disease prevention and travel health needs.

Domestic & Travel Health Vaccination Pharmacies 

*Please note, only the pharmacies listed are the ones providing disease prevention and travel health services. If your local pharmacy is not listed, then they are not providing the service or have not informed PAS they are providing the service.*


What is the Cost?

Clients who wish to receive domestic vaccinations from their local pharmacist will be charged the cost of the private vaccine, injection and prescribing services. It is recommended that clients go to their public health clinic to receive publically-funded vaccines, available at no extra cost.

Clients will be billed for the following:


Cost of the consultation & assessment
 Consultation & assessment fee begins at $90 and will to up to $160, based on the time and the number of consultations provided.
Cost of the vaccination

Cost of the injection
Cost of the prescription

*Please note all pharmacies and public travel clinics charge for these services.


Things I need to Inform My Pharmacist On:
  • Are you on any current medications?
  • If so, what are they and what are the medications for?
  • Are there any chronic or pre-existing conditions that your pharmacist should be aware of?
  • Any additional health concerns you may have?
  • Where are you traveling to?
  • How long are you traveling for?

Do I need to make an appointment?

It is recommended that clients get in touch with their pharmacy before they receive their vaccinations. This allows the pharmacist time to consult and assess the patient and order in the vaccinations that the client may need.