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Travel Vaccines

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Due to widespread vaccination and other public health measures, many infectious diseases have been controlled in Australia. However, this is not the case in many other countries.

Travelling can expose us to these diseases and other diseases that do not occur in Australia. In rare cases, these infections can prove fatal. In some countries, you may need proof of certain vaccinations to enter and exit the destination. 

Groups that are at risk of infection when travelling include pregnant women, babies, young children, the elderly as well as people with a weakened immune system. 

What diseases should I be vaccinated against?

Health risks within a country can differ from one region to another. There may also be new outbreaks within each country over time. 

If it has been awhile since your past vaccinations, you may need boosters as your immunity to some diseases may have changed or reduced with time. New vaccines may be available as well. This is why it is important to talk to your doctor when planning a trip to discuss the vaccines you might need. 

The Department of Health lists the following diseases that travellers can vaccinate against:

  • Hepatitis A and B

  • Cholera

  • Chickenpox

  • Typhoid

  • Yellow fever

  • Tuberculosis

  • Janaese encephalitis

  • Meningococcal disease

  • Measure

  • Influenza

  • Tetanus

  • Rabies 

It is important to talk to your doctor for advice specific to you as the type of vaccination to get depends on your health and destination. To see one of our doctors, you may book an appointment online or call us on 03 9509 5922. 

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