Going Overseas Soon?
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Coming down with a tummy bug or a dose of the 'flu can certainly dampen your holiday. Not knowing where to go and what to buy to treat the illness just adds to the stress of the moment.
The Australian government's Smart Traveller website, smartraveller.gov.au offers the following advice:
Health checks and vaccinations
Every year, Australian travellers become ill, or even die, while travelling overseas. Make an appointment with your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up at least eight weeks before you depart.
Infectious diseases that cause some of the overseas illnesses are often preventable through vaccinations. It's important that you discuss your personal travel plans with a health professional to ensure you have the correct vaccinations for your trip and any booster doses of childhood vaccinations you may need.
Vaccines can prevent you from contracting some diseases, but it's also important to remember:
- New vaccines are constantly being released but diseases continue to evolve.
- Vaccinations may be an entry requirement of some countries so check with the foreign mission of the countries you are intending to visit or transit. In some countries you may be refused entry or required to have the vaccination at the border. We recommend you seek medical advice from your GP or travel doctor and have any vaccinations prior to leaving Australia.
- It's never too late to vaccinate; however, some vaccines require a long period to take effect and more than one dose may be needed.
- You may need boosters for childhood vaccines.
- Health risks within a country can vary from one region to another and local authorities may be slow to announce outbreaks of disease.
- Medicine on Blackwood can provide patients with accurate travel advice and travel letters stating what medications are prescribed for you and provide you with printed information outlining any specific risks for the areas you are visiting.
Staying Healthy in Australia
Medical services are readily available in most places throughout Australia but if you are planning a lengthy trip to a part of our wonderful country where they may be limited, it's a good idea to discuss your plans with your GP and take advice on basic precautions and medications for your own Travel Medical Kit to take with you.