Trekking in Tibet? Fishing in Fiji? Skinny dipping in Spain? Where ever you’re going, there’s probably a jab for it. A travel jab that is – otherwise known as a shot, a needle or a vaccination. We call Australia the lucky country and it’s lucky in many ways – it has a strong healthcare system and a low rate of infectious disease, among other things. Yay for Australia!
However, not everywhere is as lucky. Around the world, infectious diseases like malaria, typhoid, dengue fever, tuberculosis, rabies and cholera are still prevalent. And where we in Australia have eradicated some diseases entirely, like polio, they are still being combated in the developing world.
Don’t let illness ruin your overseas holiday! Many of these infectious diseases are preventable through travel vaccinations. Remember, unless you’re in a country which has a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia, Medicare will not cover the cost of your medical expenses overseas, so it’s important to take preventative and protective measures to make sure you’re covered. Head to your GP to discuss what travel vaccinations you need; be aware that some vaccinations may need multiple doses in the lead up to your departure, so visit well in advance of your trip. Consider packing comprehensive travel insurance so that if you do get sick or injured overseas, you won’t be out of pocket with a pile of foreign medical bills!
Whether you’re heading to Tahiti or Timbuktu, it’s a good idea to do some research on your destination before you go. Check out our interactive travel vaccination companion – it’s a map that will give you more information on common diseases and relevant travel vaccinations by destination. Happy travels!