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2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil

The 2016 Summer Olympics will be held in Brazil from August 5 through August 21. Events will be held in 6 different cities (Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasilia, and Manaus); Rio will be the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics. If you are planning on traveling to Brazil Continue Reading
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Zika virus update

We have been asked a lot of questions about Zika virus, which has been in the news.  Here is some general information about Zika virus. What Is Zika Virus? Zika virus infection is spread by mosquitoes and is caused by a virus closely related to dengue, West Nile virus, and Japanese encephalitis. Less commonly, the virus Continue Reading
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Free Flu Shots available Tuesday, October 20

The provincial flu vaccination program starts on Tuesday, October 20. We will be providing no charge flu shots as long as you provide us with your Alberta health care card. Our clinic in Airdrie will be open on Tuesday to accommodate the extra demand. We will be open from 9am to 5pm. We will accept Continue Reading
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Career Opportunity: Pharmacy/Medical Office Assistant

Polaris Travel Clinic and Pharmacy is accepting applications for a pharmacy assistant or medical office assistant. Our clinic sees patients in advance of their travel, and we provide consultations, immunizations, prescriptions and other travel-related retail items. Our office looks and feels like a physician`s office even though it is considered a pharmacy. The successful candidate Continue Reading
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New malaria vaccine approved, but probably not for Canadians

Today European regulators declared that the malaria vaccine Mosquirix is safe and effective in preventing malaria in small children.  This is the first malaria vaccine that has ever received this approval.  Will we see this vaccine in Canadian travel clinics anytime soon?  That seems to be very unlikely. Why won’t we see this vaccine in Continue Reading
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Grad trip

Save 33% off appointment fee if you book by April 11! Are you going on a grad trip to a warm weather resort?  Make sure you maximize the fun.  Book an appointment with Polaris Travel Clinic and Pharmacy for a grad trip resort consultation.  At the appointment, our travel health pharmacist will make a personalized Continue Reading
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Is Dukoral worth taking before my trip?

We’ve seen a massive advertisement campaign from the makers of Dukoral during this busy travel season.  These ads have definitely done a good job to get the conversation going about traveller’s diarrhea.  And this conversation is an important one.  Traveller’s diarrhea is one of the most likely health problems you may run into when going overseas. Continue Reading
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Bexsero available at Polaris Travel Clinic

The meningococcal B vaccine Bexsero is now available at Polaris Travel Clinic and Pharmacy in Airdrie.  This vaccine helps provide protection against the most common strain of bacteria meningitis that is reported in Canada.  Bexsero has been approved for 2 months of age to 17 years. The Alberta public health vaccination program does have vaccinations Continue Reading
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Measles outbreak at Disneyland

MMR vaccine available at Polaris Travel Clinic and Pharmacy in Airdrie. A recent measles outbreak has been traced back to Disneyland in California.  There have been 70 reported cases so far.  California state officials have advised if you have not been vaccinated for measles that you should consider avoiding the theme park for now. Alberta Health Continue Reading
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