If you're posted this year, here are some tips for your upcoming move. If you're not posted, gather this information together now and you'll be ready when the posting message arrives.
Did you know that immunization schedules for children differ from province to province? The major vaccinations such as DTPP (diphtheria, pertussis, polio, tetanus) and MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) are standard across the country but other vaccinations are not. For example, in New Brunswick the Hepatitis B vaccine is administered at birth while in Ontario it is given to Grade 7 students.
Be aware that if a series of vaccines starts in one province it must continue in order for the immunization to be effective. Discuss this issue with your doctor in your current place of residence and on destination. Immunization schedules can be found on provincial health websites.
Arrange to have medical records forwarded to your new doctor. This should include any diagnostic test results or scans (mammogram, x-rays). Discuss with your specialists any continuing care you may need. Be sure you understand what the doctors are saying, take notes if necessary or ask the doctor to write a letter to your new specialist.
Remember this also applies to dental treatment and orthodontics.
NOTE: Ensure you can transfer your prescriptions across provincial boundaries (even within the same pharmacy chain). Check with the doctor to ensure you have enough medication until you get a new doctor. A new doctor may require records in order to renew prescriptions immediately or (s)he may need to repeat diagnostic testing before prescribing a medication.
See your pharmacist to obtain your required medications. Alert the pharmacist that you will be moving and ask if is there are special precautions to take regarding packing and transporting medication as some medications require refrigeration.
Remember that pets are important family members too. Check your pet's immunization schedule with your veterinarian. Tell your vet the region to which you're moving. "Fluffy" may require extra vaccinations or worm medication before he/she arrives at the new locale. Make sure your pet has identification. Attach your cell phone number to your pet's collar so if it escapes you can be contacted directly.After just having lived through a mid-posting move from one military house to another - on 10 days notice, I'd thought I would share with you some more tips about moving.