MANDY, REGISTERED NURSE (ALEXANDRA HILLS)
Planning an overseas holiday is exciting! It’s important that you are well prepared before you go to keep your travels safe and healthy.
Regardless of your age or travel destination, it’s a good idea to pack a medical kit in your luggage for yourself and any children travelling with you including medications or prescriptions. This may include pain relief medicine (e.g. paracetamol), antihistamines, tablets for motion sickness, antiseptic for wounds, bandages or patches, safety pins, scissors and tweezers. If you’ll be outdoors, don’t forget to pack sunscreen and a hat.
If you’re heading overseas…
Sometimes you will be legally required to have certain vaccinations, such as yellow fever, so ask your doctor for advice. It’s best to see your Doctor six to eight weeks before you go, but if you are travelling at short notice you can still have some vaccinations.
Our medical staff will be able to advise which vaccines are suitable for you depending on:
- Your medical history and age
- Your destination and likely accommodation
- The season in which you are travelling
- The length of stay
- The type of travel, for example, bus tour or backpacking.
Don’t forget to organise travel insurance that includes cover in case you need to be evacuated to a suitable hospital.
Travel vaccinations are available at all ten SmartClinics locations in Brisbane, although our clinics located at West End, Annerley, Alexandra Hills, Taigum and Windsor specialise in this area. Talk to your local reception team for more information.