Why do I Need Vaccinations?
Travel vaccination is an important part of travel planning. As you are aware there are a number of serious health conditions that we are able to vaccinate for. Thus preventing the spread of the disease but maintaining your health.
Vaccinations are safe, easily accessible in Australia, and affordable.
There are some countries that will require proof of your vaccination status before they will allow you entry. So it is important to check the travel advice for the country you are visiting.
There are timeframes for vaccination effectiveness – see your Dr as soon as you book your trip to be safe.
Measles is a disease of concern in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Outbreaks often occur and it is recommended that travellers are vaccinated against measles prior to departure to one of the key destinations. The Immunization Handbook is a great resource for vaccination recommendations. Click here>>
What Else do I Need to Know?
- Whilst the Australian childhood vaccination program covers polio, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella, you should discuss the need for a booster with your Doctor.
- You may require vaccination for Hepatitis A and Typhoid in some countries – especially those that recommend the consumption of bottled water.
- For other countries, you may need to consider Hepatitis B vaccination and pre-exposure Rabies vaccine.
- ”Proof of yellow fever vaccine is required for entry to some parts of Africa, South and Central America and the Caribbean. While Japanese encephalitis vaccine is used for high-risk or long-term travel in Asia, and a meningitis vaccine may be recommended for certain destinations in Africa or elsewhere.”
Your local Doctor is a great place to start the discussion on travel vaccination. There are also specialist travel medicine services that you might like to also explore.