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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:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes 
  • 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:

  • Cholera 
  • Hepatitis A 
  • Hepatitis B 
  • Influenza 
  • Japanese Encephalitis 
  • Meningitis ACWY and B 
  • Pertussis (whooping cough) 
  • Polio 
  • Rabies 
  • Tetanus 
  • Typhoid 
  • Yellow Fever

Have fun on your trip, but before you go…

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The USA’s Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers up to date advice on the vaccinations recommended and also has great sections on travelling with children, during pregnancy and staying with family and friends overseas.

The UK government’s website Fit For Travel has great General Travel Health Advice including travelling with chronic conditions such as diabetes, and disease prevention. This also has information for travelling on a pilgrimage, as a female traveller, as an LGBTQI+ traveller. This site also has the expected advice health advice and recommended immunisations for specific destinations.

The Australian government SmartTraveller website offers advice on taking care of your health overseas including the need for medical insurance and taking prescription medications overseas, as well as the political and more general risks and safety aspects of overseas travel including for students, schoolies, backpackers, females, LGBTQI+, Business and travellers.

Travel without fear!

Call us today to find out more about our travel vaccinations in Mt Gravatt at Reydon Street medical clinic.