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Travel Health

Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure we believe it is important to discuss your travel plans with one of our specialist Travel Health GPs so you can make sure you are best protected from illness and disease. Many illnesses picked up by travellers are preventable through immunisation and safe travel practices. Our Travel Health GPs are specialists in travel medicine and will be able to advise you on what vaccinations are recommended for the areas you are travelling to, how best to protect yourself from illness and what to do if you become unwell.

Recommended vaccinations will depend on where you are travelling to, what activities you will be involved in and your immunisation history. The table below provides a broad guide of the vaccines that may be recommended for different destinations.

Region

Recommended Immunisations

Asia

Typhoid, Hepatitis A & B, Cholera, Rabies, Tetanus Booster, Malaria Prophylaxis

African Continent

Typhoid, Hepatitis A & B, Rabies, Yellow Fever, Polio booster, Tetanus Booster, Malaria Prophylaxis, Seasonal Flu

Pacific Islands

Typhoid, Hepatitis A & B, Malaria Prophylaxis, Seasonal Flu

Central and South America

Typhoid, Hepatitis A & B, Rabies, Malaria Prophylaxis, Yellow Fever, Tetanus Booster

Middle East

Typhoid, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus Booster, Rabies, Seasonal Flu

All Other Regions

Hepatitis A or B, Tetanus Booster, Seasonal Flu

 

Yellow Fever Vaccination

Kotara Family Practice is an authorised Yellow Fever vaccination centre. We welcome patients from other practices who require Yellow Fever vaccination.

 

When to Make an Appointment

It is best to seek Travel Health advice early. It can take several weeks for vaccines to take effect while some vaccines require multiple doses for good immunity to be achieved.

 

What to Bring to Your Travel Health Appointment

  1. Your completed Travel Health Form - Go to the forms page to print and complete our Travel Health form. Bring this with you to your appointment
  2. Your Travel Itinerary - Your GP will want to see where you are going and what activities you will be involved in to determine which immunisations you may benefit from.
  3. A record of your past vaccinations - It can be important to know which vaccinations you have already had and how long ago you had them. If you have received any past vaccinations from other practices, your GP would like to see a  copy of your immunisation history, if you have one. In general, it is safer to assume that you have not had a vaccine unless you have written confirmation or you are very certain that you have been fully immunised against a disease. Your previous GP practice should be able to provide you with this information if you have had your past vaccinations with them.

 

Cost of Travel Vaccination

Travel vaccinations can be privately purchased from us or from your pharmacy with a script from your GP. Although the vaccines can be costly, many provide you with long-term cover, so if you travel again you may not need additional vaccination. If you have a restricted budget to use on travel vaccination, please let your GP know so that they can help you decide which immunisations are most recommended. If you have private health insurance you may be able to claim a rebate for the cost of your vaccinations - we can provide you with an itemsied receipt to assist with this. If you are travelling for business, your employer may reimburse you for the cost of your vaccines and travel consultation. 

 

Multiple Vaccination

Please be aware that some vaccines require multiple doses. For example, to ensure full long-term immunity from Hepatitis B you will need 3 vaccinations over a minimum of 6 months. Your GP can advise you on this.