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Friday, 14 July 2017 06:08

Safe Travels

Safe Travels

Before travelling overseas, particularly to less developed countries, it is worth discussing disease prevention measures with your GP. Whether it is a visit for the first time, an old favourite holiday like a regular trip to Bali or you are travelling back to your country of origin to visit relatives: advice on health travel is important.

These visits can be used to discuss new and emerging diseases such as Zika Virus, outbreaks of infections such as cholera and long standing tropical diseases such as Dengue Fever. Issues such as travel insurance and regular medication supply and documentation also need discussion.

The advice you will receive will depend on things such as the countries visited, general health, age, and the length and standard of travel. Travel websites can be found at www.busseltondoctors.com.au under patient information and useful links tabs. These can provide you with general information about the risk of countries you may visit and the measures you can take to protect your health.  A visit to one of our experienced doctors can then personalise this advice to your circumstance.

Apart from Yellow fever vaccination when visiting certain countries, no vaccination is essential for travel; however some are advised depending on a risk assessment. A starting point is to always make sure you and your family are up to date with the Australian Schedule for vaccination such as tetanus, whooping cough, measles, mumps and rubella. Other vaccinations such for Hepatitis A and Typhoid are usually desirable but sometimes are not as strongly recommended for short trips using good accommodation.

All of these issues take time to discuss and to formulate a plan with your doctor. Also, many vaccines need to be given a few weeks before travel to be fully effective. So don’t leave it to the last minute; make sure your plans include a Travel Health appointment with us long before you take off.