Plan now. Some vaccines require an extended course over 3 to 6 months.
In the excitement of planning your overseas holiday it is easy to forget that some very popular travel destinations have serious health issues that may have been eradicated in Australia. Some of these illnesses can have painful, debilitating and long-lasting effects and may even be fatal.
When you are planning your adventure of a lifetime come and talk to Caligem Health; we can advise you on all your vaccination and travel health requirements and provide the latest travel health advisories and warnings.
Commonly required vaccinations include:
- Cholera—although there is a low risk of contracting cholera its prevalence in countries such as India make this an important vaccination you may need to consider
- Tetanus— a vaccination against tetanus is important if you have not had a tetanus vaccination in the past 10 years. This is especially true if you are planning to visit rural areas or will be far from medical aid
- Hepatitis A and B—both A and B forms affect the liver and can have severe long-term effects. Hepatitis A is spread through contaminated food and water whereas the B form is spread through contact with bodily fluids
- Yellow fever—is spread by mosquitoes. This is an important vaccination to consider if you are planning to visit parts of Africa or South America
- Japanese encephalitis—another mosquito-borne virus that in some cases affects the brain
- Rabies—a potentially devastating virus that is particularly prevalent in countries such as India, Thailand, the Philippines, Africa, and South America. It is spread through the bite or scratch of infected animals
- Meningitis—this potentially fatal virus is prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa, India and Nepal
- Influenza—various forms of the influenza strain are common throughout the world; some of them cause severe symptoms
- Typhoid—this is a serious illness spread through food and water
The global battle against malaria is not yet won and we can help you explore the best options for malaria prevention.
Plan ahead of time, as some of the vaccines require an extended course over 3 to 6 months before your intended date of travel.
Conditions in some countries are unstable and subject to change. You can keep up to date with the latest situation here: http://smartraveller.gov.au/