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Travel Medicine

Travel Medicine in Cranbourne North & Croydon

If you’re travelling soon, it is advised that you make a trip to visit a GP. The doctors that consult at HealthMint are experienced in advising patients of the health risks associated with travel, and how to prevent or cope with them in the case that they arise. Particularly if you are travelling with children, you will find that you really benefit from the support of a medical opinion. Doctors can advise on how to best handle motion sickness, flying with children, common viruses that you may obtain overseas,  how to cope while travelling with chronic illnesses and which immunisations you may require.

Travel Immunisation

Travel immunisations are very important, but often overlooked. We are very fortunate to be living in Australia, where the spread of many infectious diseases has been controlled. Unfortunately this isn’t the case worldwide. When we travel we risk exposure to these diseases as well as diseases that don’t occur in Australia. Even in safe destinations, disease outbreaks do occur.

Additionally, some countries may require you to be vaccinated against particular diseases, and may deny you entry at the border if you haven’t done so.

While everyone should look into vaccination before travelling, particular groups are at higher risk of travel related diseases – such as pregnant women, babies and young children, the elderly and those with a weakened immune system.

Which vaccination will I need?

There isn’t one straight forward answer to this. It depends on your destination, previous vaccinations, the time since your last vaccinations, your age and health.

For travel to areas with high risk of specific infections, immunisation may be required for diseases including:

  • Cholera
  • Hepatitis A
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Meningococcal C
  • Rabies
  • Tick-borne encephalitis
  • Typhoid fever
  • Tuberculosis
  • Yellow fever

We recommend visiting your doctor 6-8 weeks before departure. This is for two reasons:

  • your immune system needs time to respond to a vaccination;
  • some vaccines require more than one injection

If you have any further queries or will be travelling soon and haven’t received personal travel health advice, we highly recommend that you book yourself and your family in for a travel consultation. The doctors who consult at HealthMint offer travel immunisation and consultations in a beautiful and relaxing architecturally designed clinic.

P.S. We also highly recommend that you:

  • check the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade ‘Smartraveller’ website prior to leaving, for country specific advice regarding safety, security, local laws and health and to register your travel plans in case of emergency;
  • have a read of our posts on travelling with children!
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