With over 8.2 million Australian residents travelling each year, it’s important that we are well informed of the associated dangers and risks of travelling overseas. While there is a long list of issues that must be dealt with before travelling, one of the most important is your health. Ensuring your health and safety before you travel gives you peace of mind and allows you the comfort of being prepared.
First and foremost, you must ensure that you see and inform your doctor about your travel plans. This is essential as your doctor will be able to tell you what to avoid and what is necessary for you to stay healthy. Along with general checks, the doctor will also be able to inform you about the necessary travel vaccinations for your destination. Travel vaccinations are important because they help prevent the contraction and spread of diseases.
There are many diseases to be wary of such as: insect-borne infections, blood and sexually transmitted infections, vector borne diseases and several other pathogens. Insect-borne infections include Malaria, Dengue, Yellow Fever, and Encephalitis while Blood-borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections include Hepatitis B and C as well as HIV. Vector-borne disease include Lyme disease and West Nile Virus. There is also the risk of pathogens from the consumption of contaminated food and infections such as influenza. Vaccinations are central because there are several illnesses which run the risk of ruining your holiday.
Although these diseases may not be central to the place that you are visiting, it is important to be well informed of the risks associated with travelling. It is also important to note that not all the diseases mentioned can be prevented by a vaccine and some that are, require more than one shot. While some vaccinations are costly it is also important to note that vaccinations usually last for minimum period of 3 years or more.
The variations between risks associated with each country means that there is no set list of vaccines or precautions for each country. The variable nature of the advice provided is because it depends on several variables meaning that a consultation with your doctor as early as possible is essential.
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You can view the different risks of each country and what vaccinations are required below.