Smart traveling: immunise before you ride
Every year, millions of Australians travel abroad and expose themselves to dangerous health risks. Diarrhea, respiratory diseases, malaria, and typhoid fever—these are only a few. Although there are many options to stay safe, vaccinating is the best first step to avoid getting diseases abroad. If you’re in Brisbane and looking for a Ferny Grove medical centre, get your shot from a nearby clinic such as any Walton Bridge’s medical centres.
Do your research!
Search for the most recommended vaccines by the country’s government website. Vaccines also change every year in some countries like Nepal. Vaccinating is best recommended to those who are planning to stay in a rural area in some parts of Southeast Asia, where there’s limited access to medical clinics and clean water.
Being informed of a country’s environment and health status will benefit you, your money, and small children. Small children are especially vulnerable to contagious diseases since they are not capable yet of the basic hygiene practices. Getting a shot is not only for your safety; it’s also taking responsibility for the health of many.
Also, with a vaccine, you are protected from diseases that will hinder you from enjoying your stay. If you get infected, you will spend the time getting treatment inside a clinic or a hotel. In a worst case scenario, you will have a hard time adjusting to the language barrier and foreign health policies. See more here SmartClinics
Meanwhile, while researching, you can also make a detailed itinerary as what the Australian Immunisation Handbook (AIR) suggests. In Townsville City, you can present this to Fairfield doctors from any Fairfield medical centres for a comprehensive consultation. These are the details it must contain:
- Date of departure
- Specific routes
- Rural and urban background
- Duration of Stay
- Accessibility to health care services
- Possible changes in the itinerary
It’s best recommended to consult with your General Practitioner (GP) three-four weeks before your departure. You can consult with a GP from any Ferny Grove medical centre about your health concerns and even questions about vaccination’s side effects. If you’re looking for a Ferny Grove medical centre, SmartClinics (previously Walton Bridge medical centre) gives travel vaccines.
Meanwhile, if you’re in Townsville looking for a Fairfield GP, there are also important pieces of information you should discuss with your GP, such as:
- Financial constraints
- Current medications
- Vaccination history – if you’re under-vaccinated or not
- The Itinerary
- Purpose of travel
AIR also suggests you ask your GP for a risk assessment. Aside from the itinerary, this will help you figure out which vaccine to prioritize.
Vaccine recommendations abroad
The International Health Regulations recommend vaccines against Yellow Fever. You can approach the Australian Government Dept. of Health for travel requirements regarding Yellow Fever protection. These are also the most recommended vaccinations when traveling:
- Hepatitis A
- Malaria (For jungle areas only)
Making safety precautions and preparations for traveling isn’t as fun as what it’s ideally thought of. However, if you stay safe, the effort will all be worth it.