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Whether you’re setting out on an adventure-packed trek through the Amazon or a sun-soaked stay in Thailand, planning to stay healthy should be top of your travel to-do list!

During your travels, you could be at risk of picking up infectious diseases that we don’t have here in Australia.1 That’s why it’s important to protect yourself by making sure you see your doctor to get the right travel health advice that may include medications and vaccinations, before you leave.1

Getting sick while you’re overseas can be a nightmare, so before you check-in for your flight, check-in with your GP six to eight weeks before you leave. For the latest information on your chosen destination, click on the outbreak and travel map below and keep up to date.

Getting prepared

Prepare me for my travel health appointment

When should you visit your doctor? And what will happen when you’re there? Find out all you need to know about your travel health appointment.


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Prepare me for travelling with kids

Health considerations for little travellers and practical tips for parents.


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Why vaccinate for travel?

The importance of travel vaccinations.


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Your travel vaccine budget

Find out how much you can expect to pay for travel vaccinations so there are no surprises!


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Frequently asked questions

A: Travel insurance is essential. If you're uninsured, you (or your family) are personally liable for covering any medical or other costs resulting from unexpected incidents or accidents. Even if your travel insurance takes care of medical expenses, it won't stop you from getting sick. The best way to prevent illness while traveling is to visit your General Practitioner or travel medicine specialist six to eight weeks before your trip to discuss suitable vaccination options.

A: The vaccinations needed for your trip will depend on factors such as travel destination, length of trip, and what immunisations you've had before. Click here to find out what vaccines or medicines you may need when travelling. It is also recommended that you visit your General Practitioner six to eight weeks prior to traveling overseas to assess what vaccines or medicines are needed.

A: Disease prevalence differs by destination, but some of the most common include:

  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Cholera
  • Meningococcal disease
  • Rabies
  • Polio
  • Yellow fever
  • Malaria (even though there is no vaccine for malaria, it can be prevented by tablets and taking measures to avoid bites by mosquitos)

Although vaccine-preventable diseases are rare, the consequences can be high. It is recommended that you speak with your General Practitioner six to eight weeks prior to traveling overseas to discuss suitable vaccination options.

A: There are two situations where specific vaccines are mandated for travel:

  1. Yellow fever vaccine is required if travelling to certain endemic areas and entry can be denied if you are not vaccinated.  In addition, many countries require that travelers arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever virus transmission provide evidence of yellow fever vaccination prior to entry.
  2. Meningococcal vaccine is required if travelling for the Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

In general, most travel vaccines are recommended rather than mandated. These recommendations are based on advice from organisations such as the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization that monitor disease activity and constantly adjust recommendations based on risk.

A: Although your childhood vaccinations may protect you against some diseases found overseas, they will not protect you against all of them. Some booster vaccines may also be recommended even if you have received all required childhood vaccinations.

References:

  1. Healthdirect Australia. Travel vaccination. Available at
    http://www.healthdirect.gov.au/travel-vaccinations . [Accessed August 2015].