Travel Health

Travellers overseas have up to a 50% chance of suffering travel related illness. Each year, over 500,000 Australians put themselves at risk of illness with potentially serious infection. If you require an appointment with your GP to discuss travel and necessary vaccinations and precautions please advise the receptionist on booking your appointment. These appointments generally take longer than a standard appointment and if a vaccination is required you may need to wait in the waiting room for 15 minutes after the vaccination before leaving.

BEFORE YOU LEAVE

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. 

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. 

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 ) 

ONCE YOU RETURN

Some illnesses can emerge weeks or even months after you have returned home from your trip eg -Hepatitis B symptoms typically appear 3 - 4 months after infection. You should keep this in mind, especially in the case of intestinal diseases. If the illness is severe or does not improve after  3 - 4 days, you should contact your GP. 

HOW LONG DO VACCINATIONS LAST? 

The information below is indicative only.  For your specific circumstances, consult with your GP. 

 

Cholera ( x 2 doses ) 2 years 

Diptheria 10 years 

Flu Vaccine 1 year 

Hepatitis A ( x 2 doses ) 10 years + 

Hepatitis B ( x 3 doses ) 10 years + 

Japanese Encephalitis ( x 3 doses ) 3 years 

Measles / Mumps / Rubella 15 years 

Meningitis 3 years 

Pneumonia 5 years + 

Polio 10 years 

Rabies ( x 3 doses) 3 years 

Tetanus 10 years 

Typhoid 3 years 

Yellow Fever 10 years 

Malaria Whilst on medication 

 

USEFUL INFORMATION RESOURCES 

www.cdc.gov

www.tripprep.com

www.who.org

www.smarttraveller.com

www.myvaccination.com.au/travel.aspx 

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