Travel Health Checks & Vaccinations in Melbourne CBD

 

We are an accredited Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre

Before you go overseas …..

Every year, Australian travellers become ill while travelling overseas or return with avoidable problems.

Make an appointment here now with one of our doctors for a travel health consult.

Advice is available and vaccines are all available here in our vaccine fridge.

 

What you need to do for your Travel Advice Consult here:

  1. Bring your travel itinerary with the exact destinations and length of time of your visit.
    This will enable the doctor to pinpoint the right vaccinations and medications needed.
  2. Bring records of previous vaccines – if you had them in recent years, please bring details
    of what you have had previously if you had them elsewhere.
    All patients who have been to our clinic before will have all their vaccines in their health record.
  3. Bring yourself – but not the vaccines! We have them here in our vaccine fridge.

We have a large range of travel vaccines here on site for your convenience.

Our travel vaccines are competitive in price with travel clinic prices

It’s important that you discuss your personal travel plans with a health professional
to ensure you have the correct vaccinations for your trip
and any booster doses of childhood vaccinations you may need.

  • New vaccines are constantly being released and diseases continue to evolve.
  • Vaccinations may be an entry requirement of some countries.
    In some countries you may be refused entry or required to have the vaccination at the border.
  • It’s never too late to vaccinate; however, some vaccines require a long period to take effect
    and more than one dose may be needed so ideally check with our clinic 6-8 weeks prior to travelling.

Medication (Planning ahead)

If you’re taking medicines overseas, we recommend that you:

  • discuss with your doctor the medication you’ll need to take
  • carry clinic document stating what the medication is and the dosage
  • Keep medication in its original packaging so it’s clearly labelled with your name and dosage instructions.

If you’re travelling with medication, make sure it’s legal in the countries you’re visiting.
Check the website: www.smartraveller.gov.au

If you need to travel with large quantities of medication, it’s good practice to separate
the quantity between your luggage in case bags go missing.

Keep all medication in the original, labelled container to avoid customs problems.

Take enough medication to cover the length of your trip

If you need to purchase medication at your destination, be careful not to buy imitation or counterfeit medications and prescription drugs, and always check the strength of a medication with a doctor.

Be aware that packaging and labelling may be similar to those available in Australia, but the strength and active ingredients can vary from country to country.

Prescription glasses

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.

Additional health tips

  • If you’re currently taking prescription medication, continue to take it as directed by your doctor.
  • Make up a small medical kit, including items such as headache tablets, antacids, antiseptic lotion, cotton wool, band aids, latex gloves, SPF 30+ sunscreen and an appropriate insect repellent e.g. RID.

We also have a more extensive travel kit available for travel to remote areas.

Ready made up. Ready to go.

In the air:

  • Keep a supply of important medication with you in case your luggage goes missing.
  • Continue taking your prescribed medication.
  • Factor the effects of jet lag into your itinerary.
  • If you’ve been scuba diving, don’t travel in an aircraft for at least 24 hours after your final dive.

To help avoid Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

  • drink plenty of fluids (but avoid alcohol and caffeine)
  • stretch your feet and lower legs while seated
  • walk around the cabin at regular intervals
  • wear Jobst travel compression socks (available at our clinic)

On the ground:

  • Exercise within your limits — especially in hot climates.
  • Include rest time in your travel itinerary to recover from any fatigue.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, a hat and sunscreen for sightseeing.
  • Wear a pair of thongs when showering.
  • Always take spare medication when going on excursions.
  • Practice safe sex as HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmissible infections are widespread in many countries.

Where local tap water is not safe:

  • only use bottled water to drink and brush your teeth and always check the seal
  • don’t put ice in drinks — freezing preserves germs, rather than kills them
  • avoid uncooked food, including salads and fruit that you cannot peel.

Potential health risks

New diseases can appear and spread suddenly, as happened with the outbreak of the pandemic influenza (H1N1) in 2009. Check the latest travel advice for your destination before you depart and while travelling so you can ensure you have the latest information.  Our doctors can provide this information at your travel consult.

Common illnesses that travellers can pick up include those which result from eating or drinking contaminated food or water. Water-borne, food-borne, parasitic and other infectious diseases (including cholera, hepatitis, tuberculosis, typhoid and rabies) are common with more serious outbreaks occurring from time to time. We encourage you to consider having vaccinations before travelling.  In some destinations, we advise you to boil all drinking water or drink bottled water, avoid ice cubes and raw and undercooked food.  Be aware of swimming in fresh water because of exposure to parasitic diseases such as schistosomiasis (bilharzia).

There are a number of mosquito-borne diseases that affect travellers visiting warm climates (including malaria, dengue fever and Japanese encephalitis).

Consider taking prophylaxis against malaria.  Take measures to avoid insect bites, including using an insect repellent at all times,  wearing long, loose fitting, light coloured clothing  and ensuring your accommodation is mosquito proof. Apply RID roll on to arms, legs, face and other exposed skin.

HIV/AIDS

For more information on the spread of HIV/AIDS, visit the World Health Organisation website.

Yellow fever vaccines available here

If you’re travelling to Africa, South/Central America or the Caribbean you may be exposed to yellow fever. Yellow fever is a potentially fatal viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes. You should check with the foreign missions of the countries you intend visiting for any vaccination entry or exit requirements and discuss vaccination for yellow fever with one of our GPs

Seasonal influenza

Infection with seasonal influenza viruses is common.  In temperate climates, most cases occur during the winter months.  The influenza season in the Southern Hemisphere may begin in April and last through September and in the Northern Hemisphere may begin as early as October and can extend until May.  In tropical and subtropical areas, infection with influenza virus may occur throughout the year.

According to the World Health Organisation, worldwide seasonal influenza epidemics result in about three to five million cases of severe illness, and about 250,000 to 500,000 deaths.  Most deaths associated with influenza in industrialized countries occur among people age 65 or older. In some tropical countries, influenza viruses circulate throughout the year with one or two peaks during rainy seasons.

If you are travelling to Bali Indonesia

… you might need

Routine vaccinations

Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

For Most Travellers

Get travel vaccines and medicines because there is a risk of these diseases in the country you are visiting.

Hepatitis A     CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Indonesia, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

Typhoid

You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Indonesia. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travellers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.

Ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing.

For Some Travellers

Hepatitis B     You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so CDC recommends this vaccine if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.

Japanese Encephalitis

You may need this vaccine if your trip will last more than a month, depending on where you are going in Indonesia and what time of year you are traveling. You should also consider this vaccine if you plan to visit rural areas in Indonesia or will be spending a lot of time outdoors, even for trips shorter than a month. Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans.

Malaria

When travelling in Indonesia, you should avoid mosquito bites to prevent malaria. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, depending on your travel plans, such as where you are going, when you are traveling, and if you are spending a lot of time outdoors or sleeping outside. Talk to your doctor about how you can prevent malaria while travelling.

Rabies

Rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in Indonesia, so CDC recommends this vaccine for the following groups:

a)  Travellers involved in outdoor and other activities (such as camping, hiking, biking, adventure travel, and caving) that put them at risk for animal bites.
b)  People who will be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, and researchers).
c)   People who are taking long trips or moving to Indonesia
d)   Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.

Yellow Fever

There is no risk of yellow fever in Indonesia. The government of Indonesia requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include Australia..

For more information on recommendations and requirements, your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans.

To find out more about healthy travel and vaccinations, contact us or visit these websites:

  • More information on travelling with medication is available on the Department of Human Services websiteor by calling the Overseas Drug Diversion information line on 1800 500 147.

Acknowledgements and Sources:
www.smartraveller.gov.au
wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel

 

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