It’s so exciting knowing that you’ve booked an overseas holiday and you’ll be leaving soon.
To ensure you have a pleasant trip, however, you should see your Pascoe Vale doctor before you leave.
Why? Read on to find out.
Many other countries aren’t like Australia
Even if you think your travel destination is safe, disease outbreaks can and do happen.
In addition to immunisations against new infectious diseases, you might need booster doses of vaccines that you’ve received before.
Each case is different
There is no set immunisation schedule that will suit all travellers, so see our travel doctors for advice.
It’s important that you don’t wait until the last minute to visit your doctor to discuss the immunisation needs for your trip. You might need a number of doses and you might need time after immunisation for your body to develop full immunity.
Different types of immunisation for travellers
Some countries require proof of immunisation for some infectious diseases before you enter.
That’s why it’s so important to see your doctor before you go on your holiday.
Your doctor can check the areas that you will visit, and recommend the appropriate vaccinations to keep you and your family safe.
What about infectious diseases for which there are no vaccines?
Infectious diseases are generally transmitted by food, water or a lack of hygiene (e.g. ‘gastro’ and traveller’s diarrhoea) or by insects (e.g. malaria and dengue fever).
These diseases can be life threatening. Your doctor will advise you on measures and medications that you can take to help prevent these diseases.
We have dedicated Travel Health GPs
PVH Medical is an accredited Travel Health Practice (accredited Yellow Fever Vaccination Provider) and we have dedicated specialist Travel Health GPs.
Before embarking on your next overseas holiday, we can help with all your travel health needs including:
- A travel health check
- Fit to Travel and Medical travel insurance requirements
- The latest travel health information for your destination.
We recommend making an appointment 6-8 weeks before your departure date. Please download our pre-travel assessment form before your appointment.
We look forward to looking after your travel health needs. Stay safe and bon voyage!
Source: Better Health Channel
Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.