To avoid any problems during your overseas trip, you should visit a travel vaccination clinic to know if you need to be immunised against any diseases. The Australian Government Department of Health recommends this and so would a doctor if you visit them before your departure.
In recent news, four residents in West Australia were reported to have contracted measles during a holiday in South East Asia. Although not connected, the four cases were recorded to have travelled to Bali, Malaysia, or Thailand.
More cases of measles were recorded by the New South Wales (NSW) Health following a trip to India, Pakistan, and The Philippines. This prompted the department’s Director of Communicable Disease to issue an advisory that urges families travelling with infants to get the measles vaccine.
These reports should be reason enough for you to visit a Brisbane travel doctor before your trip overseas.
When is a visit to a travel vaccination clinic more critical than usual?
- When you’re travelling in countries where the quality of food or water might be of a lower standard.
- When you’re traveling to rural areas or the wilderness where you will be exposed to wildlife and farm animals.
- When you will be spending most of your time outdoors where you will be exposed to mosquitoes.
But even if your itinerary does not include these areas, it is best to get your vaccination in a travel medical centre.
Which vaccines should you get?
This will depend on your destination and the activities you intend to do during your trip. Refer to the previous information as a guide.
Find out which illness is prevalent in your choice of destination. Even in major tourist destinations, you could still be at risk of typhoid and hepatitis A so research definitely won’t hurt.
Do I still need vaccinations when I will be staying at a hotel throughout my trip?
Without being exposed to sources of contamination or diseases, such as mosquitoes and animals, you reduce the risk of infections. But how sure are you that you will never, even once, get out of your hotel for the entire duration of your holiday? See more here SmartClinics
It is best not to take the risk.
How many vaccinations can you get at one time?
Vaccines can be combined with other vaccines, but there are those that should not be given together. Consult with a GP in a travel medicine Brisbane clinic to ensure that you complete any recommended vaccination courses without the risk of an overlap.
Are vaccinations safe?
You may experience side effects but most are mild and short-lived. This is one of the reasons that doctors usually recommend that you stay at the clinic for about 10 minutes after vaccination.
This way, they can check for any allergic reaction.
Certain groups of people, however, are not recommended to be vaccinated. These include pregnant or breastfeeding women, people with problems with their immune system, and those with a history of severe allergic reactions to eggs or vaccines.
Consult with a travel doctor.
I have been vaccinated during my previous trip, do I need to be re-vaccinated?
This will depend if the vaccination does not offer a long-lasting protection or requires a booster dose after several years. For example, you may need a tetanus booster before you travel which is usually combined with a whooping cough and diphtheria vaccines.
The moment you decide to travel overseas, visit a travel vaccination clinic right away. This way, you can complete your vaccination courses before you leave Australian shores and come back in good health.