- While travel is great there are a few simple precautions that can be taken to help improve the chances of illness ruining your holiday
- Take the time 6 weeks before you plan to leave to speak to your doctor about vaccinations and medications to help keep you well while you are away. You can follow up with one of our practice nurses for any vaccinations required.
- Remember to visit the official Government website – smartraveller.gov.au . This website offers great travel tips and current alerts for Australian and International travel. This website allows you to register your trip, allows you to subscribe for travel updates and advice and gives you information on taking out travel insurance for your impending trip.
- Those pesky mosquitos can not only be annoying they can carry a few diseases so remember your high strength/tropical strength insect repellent (and apply it frequently), to cover up as much as you can with loose fitting clothing with cuffs and even use mosquito nets to sleep if need be.
- Different varieties of Mosquitos bite during the day and night so follow these guidelines at all times of day.
CURRENT TRAVEL HEALTH ALERTS
Below is a summary of extra Health alerts as per Travelvax.com.au (21/8/19 and 28/8/19) and CDC.gov (27/8/19)
These are in addition to the usual vaccines required.
Australia – Influenza is still around – ensure vaccination against the flu for both for domestic and overseas travel
Brazil – Increase in Dengue Fever – Avoid mosquito bites
– Yellow fever outbreak. Vaccine needed at least 10 days prior to travel. Avoid mosquito bites
Colombia/Peru – Increase in Dengue Fever – Avoid mosquito bites
El Salvador – Increase in Dengue Fever – Avoid mosquito bites
Guatemala – Increase in Dengue Fever – Avoid mosquito bites
India – Diphtheria – ensure Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis vaccine has been given in the last 10 years for adults
and children are up to date
– Dengue fever – avoid mosquito bites
– Japanese Encephalitis – increased cases in Assam. Vaccine available. Avoid mosquito bites.
– Ensure you have received a Typhoid vaccine in the past 3 years
Indonesia – Polio outbreak – ensure fully vaccinated
Japan – (especially with the Rugby World Cup competition commencing in September 2019
– Rubella outbreak – ensure 2 documented doses of MMR vaccine
– Ensure protection against Meningococcal ACWY strains
Mexico – Increase in Dengue Fever – Avoid mosquito bites
Myanmar – Polio outbreak – ensure fully vaccinated
New Zealand – Increase in measles cases – Ensure MMR vaccine up to date (2 doses)
Pakistan – have been some polio cases – ensure vaccine up to date
Papua New Guinea – outbreak of polio – ensure fully vaccinated
UK – Increasing measles cases – ensure MMR vaccine up to date (2 doses)
Venezuela – Increase in Dengue Fever – Avoid mosquito bites
Free government supplied MMR vaccine – eligibility expanded
Infants aged from six months to less than 11 months can receive a free dose of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine prior to overseas travel. This dose is in addition to the scheduled MMR vaccine doses usually administered at ages 12 (MMR) and 18 months (MMRV). This is highly relevant for families travelling to Measles endemic areas with children under 12 months of age.
One or two doses of free MMR vaccine is available for all adults born during or since 1966 without evidence of receiving two documented doses of valid MMR vaccine or without serological evidence of immunity. If you are unsure of your vaccination status or whether you may need a MMR vaccine booster, speak to your GP. You may need to have a blood test to check your immunity.
FLU VACCINE – :
It is vitally important for all pregnant women to receive a “Flu” vaccine. Influenza vaccination (Flu) is recommended at any time during pregnancy.
PERTUSSIS (WHOPPING COUGH VACCINE) – :
Pertussis (whooping cough) -containing vaccine is recommended as a single dose between 20 and 32 weeks in each pregnancy, including pregnancies that are closely spaced to provide maximal protection to each infant. − The vaccine shouldn’t be delayed until too close to birth because: − maternal pertussis antibodies do not peak until approximately 2 weeks after vaccination. − Some women may give birth before they reach full-term. − If the vaccine has not been given by 32 weeks of gestation, it should still be given at any time up to delivery.