Travel Health

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    If you're travelling overseas for work or pleasure, think about your health before you leave Australia.

    The most common vaccine-preventable diseases, Hepatitis A & B, can spoil your trip and place friends and family at risk when you return. Vaccination for these diseases is available to ensure that travellers are protected before they leave home. To have a safe trip, start planning early.

    Ensure you have ... 

    • Travel insurance
    • Discussed immunisation, malaria and other health issues with a doctor or travel health service 
    • A basic medical kit 
    • Supplies of your regular medication 
    • An understanding of what you can and can't carry on the plane 
    • Provided a copy of your itinerary to your friends or family in case of emergencies 

    Basic safety tips 

    • Avoid undercooked meat and seafood, raw vegetables and salad 
    • Boil or purify drinking water if in doubt. Alternatively buy bottled water. 
    • Ensure cooked food is served steaming hot 
    • Cover exposed skin under permethrin-impregnated mosquito nets and use insect repellent especially in known malaria areas. Daytime mosquito protection is needed in areas of risk for dengue fever. 
    • Practise safe sex 
    • Wear seatbelts in cars and helmets on motorbikes and bicycles 
    • Avoid contact with animals as bites can present risk of infection and in some cases rabies 
    • Avoid swimming in rivers and lakes where bilharzia (schistosomiasis) infection occurs 
    • Check out, which provides a comprehensive guide to travel health  


    • Hepatitis A
    • Hepatitis B
    • Cholera
    • Diphtheria
    • Influenza
    • Japanese encephalitis
    • Malaria (not an immunisation)
    • Measles, mumps, rubella
    • Meningococcal meningitis
    • Pertussis
    • Polio
    • Rabies
    • Tetanus
    • Tuberculosis (BCG)
    • Typhoid fever
    • Varicella (chickenpox)
    • Yellow fever 

    At least six weeks before you travel, talk to your doctor or travel health clinic about any immunisations required for your trip. There are a number of clinics around the country that specialise in travel health, and they can provide up-to-date vaccination and travel health advice and current health alerts for overseas travel.

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