Health & Safety

A great place to start is the SFU Clinic, which offers Travel Health Consultations and travel vaccines at cheaper rates than most other travel clinics in the lower mainland. Travel appointments generally take about 45 minutes, and you are expected to stay after the appointment for 15-20 minutes if you receive any vaccines.

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student student enrolled in ihaveaplan, your travel vaccines are covered 100% up to $150 per policy year.

Appointments with a doctor or nurse can be made at the SFU Burnaby clinic between the hours of 9:00am – 4:30pm, Monday to Friday (last appointment of the day is at 4:00pm). Please call 778-782-4615.  Same day appointments can be booked based on availability.

Appointments with a doctor can be made at the SFU Vancouver clinic between the hours of 9:30am — 5:00pm, Tuesday to Friday (last appointment of the day is at 4:30pm).On Mondays, no doctor is available but staff are available book appointments.  Please call 778-782-5200.  Same day appointments can be booked based on availability.

Travel health topics vary widely, and depend largely on the environment that you will be visiting. There are several sections listed on the Travel Health & Safety Topics page, including:

  1. Basic Safety & Security
  2. Emergency Situations
  3. Non-Infectious Health Problems
  4. Common Infectious Diseases

We STRONGLY recommend that you read through all of the topics in the Basic Safety & Security section, and then the appropriate or relevant sections for your destination in the other three sections. If you are unsure what the appropriate or relevant sections are for your destination country or countries, we suggest checking the International SOS website and/or visiting a travel clinic for advice.

Seven safety steps for participants travelling alone

1.        Equip yourself with all the required information and documentation. Emergencies are easier to handle if you are prepared and have easy access to basic information on emergency protocols.

2.        Preserve your safety and well-being. This is your first responsibility, and you must do whatever is necessary to achieve this objective. Obtain prompt and appropriate medical attention, police protection or intervention, and/or Canadian embassy involvement.

3.        Notify your parents, guardians, and emergency contacts of your safety and whereabouts.

4.        When you have done all that you can reasonably do to ensure your well-being and to get a sense of the danger, immediately contact SFU Campus Security through its 24/7 emergency line (1-778-782-4500) with as much detailed information as possible so that the university’s response procedure can be set in motion. 

5.        If appropriate, contact the local Canadian embassy or consulate regarding the crisis and follow their instructions. Ask the embassy or consular officer to keep you apprised as the emergency unfolds.

6.        In an ongoing crisis, update SFU Campus Security regularly through its 24/7 emergency line. This will enable you to work closely with the university throughout the emergency to develop a situation-specific response plan. Try not to overreact or panic. The university has experience dealing with crises and is ready to assist you during and after any type of incident.

7.        Within 48 hours after the emergency/incident, complete an incident report and send it by fax or email to SFU Campus Security: srs-travel@sfu.ca