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Our Travel Doctor

Dr Man-Ying leads our Travel Medicine Services and has extended training in this area . Our clinic provides a full range of travel vaccines including Yellow Fever and prescriptions for travel medications.


When to make an appointment?

An appointment 6-8 weeks before your date of travel gives time to order your vaccines. We keep vaccines in stock so that if the trip is unexpected we can still immunise you. We cannot provide travel advice over the phone.

Compulsory Vaccinations

Meningitis vaccine is compulsory for Saudi Arabia at the time of Haj. Yellow fever vaccine is compulsory for parts of Africa and South America.

Recommended Vaccinations

For all Travellers

  • Up to date childhood vaccines
  • Influenza
  • Hepatitis A

For Developing Countries

  • Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid

Others

  • Pneumonia
  • Rabies
  • Japanese encephalitis

Possible Side Effects

  • Fainting
  • Sore, red arm
  • Fevers & feeling sick
  • Diarrhoea
  • Anaphylaxis – a severe allergic reaction eg uncommon, throat swelling, wheezing, rash in children

If any of these symptoms occur you should seek immediate medical attention.


Yellow Fever

We are an approved centre for Yellow Fever vaccination. You will be provided with an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis which is valid for 10 yrs. This certificate has to be produced when travelling to and from affected countries.

Rabies

Rabies can be transmitted from animal bites and scratches. If you are bitten wash the wound in soap and water and see a doctor.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

The only sure way to avoid STD’s is to abstain from sexual contact. Safer sexual practices such as using condoms may help prevent infection. Antibiotics will not prevent infection.

Insect Avoidance Measures

Mosquitoes and other insects transmit malaria and yellow fever, potentially fatal diseases.

Protect yourself with
Insect repellent containing DEET
Wear light coloured clothing that covers the arms and legs
Use nets or stay in screened accommodation
Take Anti Malaria tablets

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU EAT & DRINK!

Travellers diarrhoea comes from consuming contaminated food or drink. To prevent infection, always wash you hands before eating, and be selective in what you eat and drink. Avoid local water, ice and raw foods.

PEEL IT, COOK IT OR FORGET IT


Travelling with Prescription Medications

  1. Take only medicines for personal use.
  2. Contact the embassy of the country you are visiting to ensure the medicine is legal there.
  3. Carry a letter from your prescriber with your prescription medications.
  4. All medicines should be kept in their original container displaying your name and dosage and should be carried in hand luggage.
  5. Carry enough medicines plus extra in case of delay.

For more information contact the PBS Medicine Enquiry Line 1800 500 147 or visit www.medicareaustralia.gov.au

After your trip

If you have any of the following symptoms within a few months of your return, you may need a post travel check up.

  • Fever
  • Persistent diarrhoea
  • Stomach pains
  • Dark colour urine
  • Skin rashes or lumps
  • Persistent cough
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain

Travel Health Costs

Medicare rebate is available for travel consultations, unless the travel is for employment purposes. You will be provided with a detailed price list for the recommended vaccines. Private Health Fund rebates may be claimable for vaccines. Please contact your Fund for further information.