What makes you different?
Our location looks and feels much more like a doctor’s office than a pharmacy. We have a reception area, a waiting room, and private consultation rooms as well as a dispensary area. Our pharmacists usually see patients by appointment. Polaris has a small retail section that stocks travel-related over the counter medications, as well as some specialty travel products. Our dispensary stocks travel-related prescription medication and vaccines. We usually do not stock non-travel medications and don’t have any narcotics at all. While we are theoretically able to fill any kind of prescription, this isn’t really what we’re about.
During your travel health appointment, a travel health consultant will evaluate your risks based on the trip details and your health status. You will receive education (including written materials), as well as recommendations for the appropriate vaccinations and prescriptions for you. Prescriptions and vaccines are available on site and can usually be prepared and administered immediately after the consultation is completed. You can expect the appointment to take between 30 and 60 minutes. The travel consultation typically takes about 30 minutes to complete. If you are getting any vaccines or prescriptions, that would account for another approximately 30 minutes on average. An appointment for vaccinations only (booster doses for example) will usually take less than 30 minutes. Ideally, you should book your appointment between 6 and 8 weeks before travelling. Some vaccines need more than one dose before you travel, and some vaccines take time after being given to become effective. However, there can still be benefits to having an appointment at the last minute. Our travel health consultants will be able to offer you some options that may offer some protection. Please bring as much information about your travel plans and itinerary as you have available. Also bring a list of current medications and your vaccinations records.
Contact the clinic at 403-980-TRIP (8747); email firstname.lastname@example.org; or drop by 404, 191 Edwards Way SW, Airdrie, AB T4B 3E2 to find out more.