All refugees coming to Canada will receive medical exams overseas prior to arrival. Refugees will initially land in either Montreal or Toronto where they will be screened for symptoms and signs of infectious disease. If any passenger is identified as ill, he or she will receive prompt and immediate medical attention and care. Further screening for communicable diseases (such as Tuberculosis) will also occur.
Beyond these immediate health screenings and after arriving in Saskatchewan, there will be a focus on immunization. This includes seasonal influenza vaccines, as well as the vaccines recommended for infants and children in Saskatchewan, as outlined under immunization services.
The Ministry of Health has reviewed its vaccination supplies to ensure it has enough vaccines to meet both Saskatchewan’s predicted needs and those of the Syrian refugees. Public Health Nurses and staff from health regions are preparing to assist refugees in ensuring their immunizations are current. The Ministry of Health is working with colleagues from across Canada to obtain information on vaccines and other public health services that have already been translated to ensure refugees have access to appropriate information about the services available to them.