Travel health advice and vaccinations for overseas travel
Travelling is an important and fun part of our lives, but it is important not to let fears of disease or sickness ruin our holiday adventures. Checking on and getting your travel vaccinations well in advance is an essential part of your travel plans. Most countries have specific vaccinations which are recommended if you are travelling there, and since vaccines take time to work, it is ideal to get them done 4-6 weeks before your travel dates.
For patients planning an overseas holiday we offer general health advice and travel vaccinations at Mt. Gravatt. Where we do not have vaccinations on hand, the pharmacy just over the road is able to help supply these.
Vaccinations provide protection from many diseases that may be prevalent in certain countries, such as typhoid, yellow fever, cholera etc. In addition, they also help prevent the spread of such diseases from country to country.
It is advised to book well in advance (12 weeks if you have a complicated itinerary, an interesting destination or incomplete immunisation history) and to bring your travel itinerary to your appointment. In addition, we recommend that you also bring your vaccination history, so that our travel doctors at Mt Gravatt medical clinic can have a look at it.
Some health conditions should be checked up with one of our doctors at Mt Gravatt before travel overseas and getting vaccinations, such as:
- If you are pregnant or think you are pregnant
- If you are breastfeeding
- If you are receiving chemotherapy
- If you have had organ or bone marrow transplant
- If you have HIV/AIDS
General vaccines which are often recommended, depending on the country you are travelling to and your proposed activities, include:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Meningitis ACWY and B
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
- Yellow Fever