Tessa Kenning is a pharmacist at Ladysmith’s Pharmasave location.

Ladysmith’s Pharmasave offers travel advice

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If you’re planning that trip of a lifetime to faraway places, make Pharmasave the first stop on your journey.

The downtown pharmacy has stepped in to offer travel consultations for individuals and families since the Vancouver Island Health Authority has discontinued the service.

Pharmasave pharmacist Tessa Kenning, who recently completed the Travel Medicine for Pharmacists program through the B.C. Pharmacy Association, believes it would enable her to make a  helpful contribution to the community she has worked in for the past 15 months..

“It makes it much more convenient for people planning trips because now they don’t have to travel to Duncan or Nanaimo for the service,” Kenning said.

Consultations take from about 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the person’s health, medication history and where they’re travelling to. The cost for a travel consultation is priced at $30 for a single person, and $40 for a family. Consultations must be booked in advance by calling Pharmasave at 250-245-3113.

“We can administer all of the travel vaccines and booster shots that are required right here in the pharmacy,” said Kenning. “The cost of administering the vaccines is included in the consultation fee.”

Pharmasave is setting up a new section in the store that will include bed nets, mosquito repellent, water purification tablets and other times for people travelling to exotic locales.