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Now that we can travel overseas again and experience exciting new destinations, it is important to prepare for travel to prevent illnesses that could ruin your holiday.

See our doctor well in advance before your trip, so that you can be advised on how to avoid infectious diseases to which you might be exposed while overseas. This advice might include measures to avoid consuming potentially contaminated water or food, medication to reduce the risk of acquiring infections or vaccination against serious disease.

In addition, you may need immunisation for overseas travel.

Your doctor will advise you about any vaccines or boosters you may need. Some diseases that should be considered are:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Influenza
  • COVID-19
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Meningococcal disease
  • Rabies
  • Tuberculosis
  • Typhoid
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Yellow fever
  • Cholera
  • Measles

Some countries still suffer high rates of infection from diseases that are rare in Australia due to our routine childhood vaccination. If you were born overseas, and you are returning to visit friends and family, you should still check with our doctor if you need any immunisations. Your immunity to some diseases may have changed or diminished with time.

Immunisations which are now routine in childhood in Australia should also be considered if travelling to areas where these diseases remain common. Depending on your age and previous medical history, you may not be protected against diseases such measles or polio. It is important to schedule a visit to our doctor at least 8 weeks before you travel to allow time to complete any vaccination schedule you undertake.

In summary, if you are planning a trip overseas consider getting travel advice well ahead of your travel. CONTACT US for travel advice on 07 5661 9188 or book an appointment online.