So much of the fun is planning for your holiday – be travel smart and don’t let the joy stop there…
As the weather starts to get a little warmer, remember Flu season is still with us. If travelling overseas or even interstate having the INFLENZA vaccine is a sensible idea as it is the most common vaccine-preventable travel disease. A Quadrivalent Influenza vaccine protects against 4 Influenza strains (2 Influenza A strains and 2 Influenza B strains) Ask your GP or our practice nurses –Tanya, Susan, Karen or Danni if you haven’t already had your vaccination.
Recent Travel Alerts:
Zika Virus Outbreaks: Singapore –recent outbreaks of Zika Virus reported, the Austalian Govt. has warned pregnant women to defer non-essential travel to Singapore as the number of confirmed cases of Zika virus in the city state rose to 82 on Tues (30/8/16) with some of the initial infections detected beyond the area of the initial outbreak. Zika has also been detected recently in Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Peru, the Americas and the Caribbean. Cases also recorded in the Pacific.
Dengue Fever Outbreaks: Southern Vietnam
Chikungunya Outbreaks: Pacific Islands and South America
Ref: CDC Centre for Disease Control and Prevention
Travelvax newsletter Aug 2016
With no vaccine available for travellers for Zika, Dengue fever and Chikungunya which are all spread by infected mosquitos and transmitted to humans, avoiding mosquito bites is the best way of avoiding infection.
Products containing the 3 active ingredients of DEET, Picaridin , IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus work well, while the ‘natural’ products offer little protection.
Those products to look for are ones containing 15-30% DEET, these offer longer lasting protection. Products with higher rates of Picaridin also perform the best.
Products such as Wrists bands- only protect the wrist.
Insecticide treated clothing ……..is it worth the trouble……. It works best with long sleeves and pants and in conjunction with other tropical repellents.
Remember proven options are still the best, and always check the labels of products.
Traveller’s diarrhoea is a very common travel complaint; half of all travellers visiting a developing country (such as South East Asia) for 2 weeks will develop some degree of upset. From diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting or painful stomach cramps. Whether the symptoms are mild or severe, we need to treat them effectively to ensure we recover quickly and get back to the holiday.
Oral rehydration is the key to recovery, replacing fluids lost and replenishing electrolytes. As your stomach settles down – start with small, light meals, avoiding diary, fatty or sugary foods.
Medications such as Imodium and Lomotil can relieve cramps and diarrhoea, but they don’t eliminate the organism causing the Traveller’s diarrhoea. Don’t take for longer than 48hours.
The best way to prevent Traveller’s diarrhoea is to avoid contaminated food and water. Use good handwashing and alcohol based gels. Good rule of thumb: If you can’t cook it, peel it or boil it, then avoid it!
If you are planning a trip overseas in the next few months, it is advised to make an appointment about 6 weeks before your departure with your GP to determine if any travel vaccinations are required and/ or to collect scripts for travel medicines.
A useful travel website to visit is www.smartraveller.gov.au This website is an official Government site that offers current health alerts, and also allows you to register your travel. Worth checking it out.