Being up to date with the important vaccinations is an essential part of your travel health and planning. Not only is getting sick on holiday inconvenient, but it is also very expensive. It’s important to remember that anyone can catch an infectious disease, so speaking to your general practitioner about your area of travel so you can get vaccinated ahead of your trip is good risk management. Let’s take a look at the travel vaccine recommendations for travel so you understand why it’s so important.
What Are The Travel Health Risks?
When you are abroad, you are putting your travel health at risk, and you should be aware of what those risks are:
- Physical injuries such as strains, sprains and head wounds
- Traffic accidents
- Illnesses related to heat or cold
- Altitude sickness
- A worsening of a pre-existing or chronic health condition
- General episodes that are not geographically-dependant such as stroke and heart attack.
What Travel Vaccine Recommendations Should Be Followed?
If you get vaccinated against the most common communicable diseases you can minimise your risk of contracting them or develop a much milder version of the illness if you do get it. Travel vaccine recommendations of some of the illnesses that you must be up to date with include
- Measles, mumps and rubella
- Diphtheria tetanus pertussis
- Yellow fever
- Hepatitis B
What Else Can You Do To Protect Your Travel Health?
It’s important to have a conversation with your general practitioner about where you intend to travel, and what you plan to do. Additional measures you can take after you get vaccinated include:
Researching your destination
Make sure you know about the place you are going to and prepare accordingly. There will be entry requirements for different countries that must be complied with so you must get vaccinated in accordance with that country’s rules.
Check with WHO
Read up on the World Health Organisation’s advice for travellers to ensure you are aware of all infectious disease risks.
Have a medical check-up before you go
Getting medical treatment overseas is expensive and if you have any concerns or suffer from a chronic health condition it’s a good idea to have a check-up with your local general practitioner before you go. Make sure you have enough medication to last for your trip and make sure you familiarise yourself with the local clinics or doctors in the place you are visiting so you have a backup plan.
Practice sensible behaviours
Protect your travel health by using insect repellant, sunscreen and only drinking clean, purified water when you are away.
Have a backup plan
Let your health insurance provider know that you will be travelling and find out about your cover abroad. Remember that Medicare will not cover the costs of overseas treatment, so you must have a cover or the funds available, in the event that you require medical assistance.
Make sure you get vaccinated and follow the guidelines for the area you will be travelling to. For more information on location-specific travel vaccine recommendations please contact us for an appointment: (07) 5613 1531.