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Travel health Melbourne

Travel checklist: do these things before you go

Summer is an exciting time for Australians. Many of us enjoy time off work to relax, spend time with family and friends or even go on holidays.

If you’re lucky enough to be travelling overseas, follow these tips for a smooth and stress-free trip.

Research your destination

Read up on your destination before you arrive – there are countless travel websites and guide books available. You could also talk with family or friends who are familiar with the places you’ll be visiting. As you research, pay particular attention to local laws, entry and exit requirements, health issues and safety.

Register you details

Make sure you register your travel and contact details on Smartraveller. This can make it easier for the government to contact you in the case of an emergency. You can also subscribe to receive free email notifications when the information for your destinations changes.

Cover yourself with travel insurance

Organising travel insurance is an essential part of preparing for your overseas trip. If you’re uninsured, you’re personally liable for covering any medical or other costs resulting from unexpected incidents or accidents. Check you’re covered for any pre-existing medical conditions and any additional activities you plan to undertake, such as skiing or hiring a motorcycle.

Organise your passports and visas

All Australian citizens, including children, must have a valid passport before leaving Australia and maintain a valid passport while overseas. Find out early which visas you need by contacting the relevant embassy of the countries you intend to visit. Some destinations have specific entry and exit requirements, including compulsory vaccinations.

Get the right vaccinations

Your doctor can check the areas that you will visit, and recommend the appropriate vaccinations to keep you and your family safe. We have dedicated Travel Health GPs to help you with this. While we recommend making an appointment 6-8 weeks before your departure date, it’s never too late to come and see us.

Plan your medications

If you’re planning to take medicine overseas, you should:

  • Meet any legal requirements imposed by the foreign country
  • Take enough medicine to cover at least the planned length of your trip
  • Carry a letter from your doctor detailing what the medicine is, how much you will be taking, and stating that the medicine is for your personal use
  • Always leave the medicine in its original packaging so that it’s clearly labelled with your name and dosage instructions
  • Separate quantities between your luggage in case a bag goes missing.

Additional health tips

Be aware of the risk of hepatitis and HIV – practise safe sex and avoid ear-piercing, acupuncture, tattooing or dental work while travelling in destinations with lower health or hygiene standards.

Avoid temporary ‘black henna’ tattoos as they often contain a dye which can cause serious skin reactions.

Finally, if you wear glasses, take along a spare pair and/or a copy of the prescription so that they can be replaced more easily if lost or broken.

For more pre-holiday tips, check out Smartraveller.

Have a great time!

Being prepared for your overseas holiday is the first step to having a great time.

Remember, our Travel Health GPs can assist with all your travel health requirements including vaccinations. Safe travels!

 

Source: Smartraveller

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.

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Travel health Melbourne

Are you travelling overseas soon?

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 us 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 is 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
  • Vaccinations
  • 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.

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Flu shot Pascoe Vale

Winter is coming. Get your flu shot.

Influenza, known as the flu, is a highly contagious viral infection that can cause severe illness.

Each year the flu affects thousands of people and puts an enormous amount of pressure on our hospitals and health system.

Over 3,500 avoidable deaths occur in Australia every year from complications of seasonal flu, including pneumonia.

The flu vaccine is your best shot at stopping the flu.

Special flu shot clinics running for the next month

Attend one of our dedicated flu shot clinics and protect yourself from the flu. Sessions are only 5 minutes!

Your consultation will be bulk billed, while the cost of the vaccine is $15 (unless you’re eligible for a free vaccine – see eligibility below).

The only way to make a booking for these special clinics is by calling 9304 0500.

What are the symptoms of flu?

Flu symptoms can start suddenly like fever, headache, tiredness and muscle aches. Elderly people might also experience confusion while children might get an upset stomach and muscle aches.

Symptoms can last for a week or more. When severe, complications such as pneumonia and worsening of existing medical conditions can lead to hospitalisation and sometimes death.

Why should I get the flu shot?

The flu can hit quickly and last for a few weeks, meaning time off work or school and staying away from family and friends. You never forget the flu!

The flu doesn’t discriminate, and anyone can be affected – that’s why it’s so important that everyone in the community protects themselves against the flu this season by getting their flu shot.

When should I get the flu shot?

Everyone should get an annual flu vaccine anytime from mid-April onwards to be protected for the peak flu season, which is generally June to September.

Am I eligible for the free flu vaccine?

In Victoria, the following people are eligible to receive a free seasonal influenza vaccine:

  • children aged six months to less than five years (Victorian state funded program)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged from six months
  • adults aged 65 and over
  • people aged six months and over with medical conditions predisposing them to severe influenza (e.g. severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes)
  • pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy).

For everyone else, the cost of the flu vaccine is $15.

Victorian state funded free vaccination for under 5s

All children aged six months to less than five years old are eligible to receive free influenza vaccination.

All children under nine receiving their flu vaccination for the first time require two doses of vaccine, spaced by a minimum of one month.

Is the flu vaccine safe?

Common side effects may happen within one to two days after the vaccination. These include soreness, redness, discomfort and swelling at the injection site, tiredness, muscle aches and low fever. These side effects are usually mild and go away within a few days, normally without any treatment.

Can the flu vaccine actually give you the flu?

The flu vaccine does not contain any live virus, so you cannot get the flu from the vaccine.

Different vaccines for different age groups

Our team of doctors in Pascoe Vale can advise you and your family which flu vaccine is appropriate for you.

The type of vaccine used depends on the person’s age:

  • People aged 6 months to <65 years should receive Quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV).
  • People aged ≥65 years should receive one of the enhanced Trivalent influenza vaccines (TIVs).

Make an appointment today

To attend a bulk-billed flu shot clinic, please call 9304 0500. This is the only way to make a booking for these special clinics.

To make a regular appointment (during which you can get the flu shot), simply book how you normally do – on our website, on the Appointuit app, via Facebook or by calling 9304 0500.

Remember to get your flu shot early for your best chance of beating the flu!

 

Source: BetterHealth Channel and Victoria State Government

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.

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Get immunised at PVH Medical in Pascoe Vale

Immunisation saves lives

Immunisation (or vaccination) saves millions of lives and is widely recognised as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions.

However, there are more than 19 million unvaccinated or under-vaccinated children in the world, putting them at serious risk of potentially fatal diseases. Of these children, 1 out of 10 never receive any vaccinations, and most likely have never been seen by the health system.

Celebrating World Immunisation Week

World Immunisation Week – celebrated from 24-30 April – aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. This year’s theme, “Protected Together: Vaccines Work!”, encourages people at every level – from parents to health workers – to help ensure we are all protected through the power of vaccines.

At the individual level, the most important thing you can do is to get yourself and your family vaccinated.

Why immunisation matters now more than ever

Routine immunisation is a building block of strong primary health care and universal health coverage – it provides a point of contact for health care at the beginning of life and offers every child the chance at a healthy life from the start.

Immunisation is also a fundamental strategy in achieving other health priorities, from controlling viral hepatitis, to curbing antimicrobial resistance, to providing a platform for adolescent health and improving antenatal and newborn care.

Get vaccinated in Pascoe Vale

Are you and your loved ones vaccinated?

At PVH Medical in Pascoe Vale we can look after your entire family’s vaccination needs, from birth right through to old age.

Simply make a booking with one of our doctors online, on Facebook, on the Appointuit app or by calling 9304 0500.

 

Source: World Health Organization

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.

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