Traveler’s overseas have up to a 50% chance of suffering travel related illness. Each year, over 50,000 Australians put themselves at risk of illness with potentially serious infection. Prior to travel it is a good idea to have a medical check-up for personalised advice on how to reduce your risk of illness. This will include advice on how to prevent infectious disease.
To ensure you receive the best advice, your GP will need to know;
- the countries you will be visiting
- length of stay in each country
- time of year in each country
- type of accommodation (hotel, tent, etc)
- type of travel (bus, backpacking, etc)
Vaccines provide protection by exposing the body to a small dose of the disease. This in turn strengthens your immune system as it develops immunity. Also immunisations may be necessary for protection against diseases you may encounter, for routine health measures or as legal requirements for entry into some countries. As some vaccinations require a course over weeks to months, you should speak to your GP as early as possible prior to your departure. Generally 6 – 8 weeks prior is adequate.
We advise on vaccinations and travel precautions to take, relative to your destination and season. The Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council recommends all travellers be up to date with:
- Measles, mumps, rubella and varicella
- Hepatitis B
Depending on the destination you are travelling to and your activities, you may be require immunisation against the following:
- Meningococcal C
- Hepatitis A
- Japanese encephalitis
- Yellow fever (required by law for certain destinations)
There may be other infections not in this list that are unique to certain regions of the world. This is yet another reason to schedule a booking with our physicians before you travel.
Travel Medicine by AHG Super Clinics
At AHG Super Clinics, our highly skilled doctors can not only provide you the most up to date geographical heath advice, we are also familiar with the practicalities involved in travel. Whether it be official documentation to carry your regular medications overseas or producing a health summary including important phone numbers, our staff can ensure nothing detracts from whats important; your holiday.
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