Where to get travel vaccinations
Getting sick overseas is a sure way to ruin your trip. It impacts your health and may impact your safety and finances. Medical assistance overseas can be expensive. Anyone can catch an infectious disease, even if you’re usually fit and healthy. Your personal situation can also affect your health risks overseas. See your doctor to find out what is right for you.
Common vaccinations for travel.
It’s important to know that not all Doctors or Medical Centres provide travel vaccines, and some may not have them in stock so you may need call ahead to ensure vaccine are in supply. Make sure you book with one of our Travel Health Doctors in Brisbane as listed far below.
Diseases that the Department of Health suggests travellers can vaccinate against include:
- hepatitis A and hepatitis B
- chickenpox (varicella)
- yellow fever – note limited GPs provide this service. Click link to view doctors.
- tuberculosis (TB)
- Japanese encephalitis
- meningococcal disease
- influenza (flu)
For more information about each of these vaccines, you might like to visit the Smart Traveller website here https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/before-you-go/health/vaccinations
Which vaccines do you need?
Health risks can vary between destinations. When you know the risks, you know what vaccinations and preventative health measures you can take.
Our Travel Health Doctors can provide you with professional advice depending on where you are travelling to. You may need to meet certain health requirements to enter and exit your destination. For example, some countries require proof that you’ve had a yellow fever vaccination. You may need proof of certain vaccinations to enter and exit some countries. Some airlines and cruise lines require evidence before you board.
When should you book your travel vaccination appointment?
Keep in mind that vaccine supply and available appointments at our medical centres may vary. It’s important to book well ahead to ensure that the clinic has your required vaccine in stock and to allow your body time to build up immunities against the virus. It’s wise to talk to your GP about your travel plans a couple of months before you go overseas, if possible.
What’s the cost for travel vaccinations?
Travel vaccine costs can vary depending on various factors such as the healthcare provider’s fees, Medicare rebates and which vaccine you need. Additionally, some travel vaccines may require multiple doses for full protection, which can affect the overall cost. For specific vaccine cost information, please call our medical centres directly or ask your GP at your initial travel health appointment. Some private health funds cover this too, so it might be worth a checking with your insurer.
Its also a good idea to spend some time researching about the countries you’re travelling to so that you are informed and prepared about any local health issues, laws and customs. A very helpful website is smartraveller.gov.au.