If you’re dreaming of a vacation in balmy Asia this Summer,
it’s time you looked at travel vaccines. While drinking cocktails in a tropical
paradise is an absolute dream come true, the nasty diseases are the stuff of
nightmares. Of course, whether vaccinations will be recommended will depend on
itinerary, length of stay, type of travel etc and needs to be discussed with a
medical practitioner. Here are our pick of top travel destinations and which
vaccines and medicines you may need before you fly out!
Cambodia is referred to as a ‘medium risk’ destination, meaning there are preventable diseases occurring at moderate levels. Consult with your doctor about vaccinations for Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, Influenza, Rabies and Japanese Encephalitis. Outside of your vaccines, it’s also wise to carry anti-malarial medication, insect repellent and take precautions with food and water consumption – travellers’ diarrhoea is not what you want to be dealing with while you’re on vacay!
This beautiful country is a ‘high risk’, meaning preventable diseases are much more prevalent in Indonesia than here in Australia. As always, speak with your doctor about vaccinations. Diseases such as Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Yellow Fever are a high risk to travellers, while risk of Hepatitis B, Influenza Japanese Encephalitis and Rabies will depend more on your itinerary, type of stay etc. Just as in Cambodia, it’s a good idea to use insect repellent, carry anti-malarial medication and take care around your food and water – it’s called ‘Bali belly’ for a reason!
Thailand is another country classified as ‘medium risk’, where preventable disease occurs sporadically or at moderate levels. Speak to your doctor about vaccinating against Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid and Influenza. You may also need vaccinations for Rabies, Cholera and Japanese Encephalitis depending on your itinerary. Travellers beware of your food and water consumption here too, as well as insect repellent but whether or not you’ll need anti-malarial medications should be discussed with your doctor. It should be noted that STIs (sexually transmitted infections) occur but you can significantly reduce your risk by practicing safe sex. Blood-borne diseases, such as HIV, Hepatitis B & C, can also be spread by blood transfusion, tattooing, body piercing and non-sterile needles.
Vietnam is also classified as ‘medium risk’, meaning preventable disease occurs at moderate levels. While there is no Yellow Fever vaccination requirements for this country, you should consult your doctor about vaccinating against Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid and Influenza. Those whose travels include rural, agricultural or adventurous treks should also consider vaccinations for Japanese Encephalitis and Rabies. You might also consider anti-malarial medications, insect repellents and practice caution around food and water consumption to avoid travellers’ diarrhoea.
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* This is not medical advice and should not be taken as such. Please see your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. Call Mermaid Central Medical Clinic on (07) 5575 2444 or visit the website www.mermaidcentralmedicalclinic.com.au to make an appointment.