We stock a full range of travel vaccinations including:
- Yellow Fever
- Hepatitis A / B
- Typhoid, both oral and injection
- Oral Cholera
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Malaria prophylaxis
A full range of traveller’s kits including:
- Gastro kits
- Comprehensive first aid kits
- Mosquito nets and treatment kits
- Mosquito repellents.
High Risk Travellers
Apart from the normal risk as with all other travellers, pregnant women have other potential problems when travelling.
The safest time to travel is during the second trimester. Women with previous obstetric problems and higher risk pregnancy should avoid travel if possible. Air travel is discouraged after 24 weeks of gestation for women with risk factors, or after 36 weeks for normal pregnancy.
Travelling with children can be very enjoyable, but poses some problems. Their ears may cause discomfort on ascent and descent. They may dehydrate more quickly than an adult especially in tropical countries. Very newborn babies do not have well developed lungs, and air travel may pose some risk.
The Elderly and Infirm
Elderly people and travellers with chronic medical problems like Chronic airways disease and heart problems, Asthma, Anaemia, Chronic Ear conditions, Recent surgery, unstable Diabetes etc, need extra precaution when they travel. There may be limitations or special requirements for air travel. Medications need to arranged in advance, and stored properly during travel. They should travel to countries where there are reasonable medical facilities. Medical insurance for travel needs to be seriously considered.
The doctors at Travel Vaccination Health Care will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your health status during the first consultation. Professional advice will given for your suitability to travel, and what precautions you need to take pertinent to your individual situation.
The following kits are available at Travel Vaccination Health Care for your safe travel.
- Skin sutures with needle
- Disposable scalpel, needles and syringes
- Winged infusion set Local anaesthetic (Xylocaine)
- Micropore tape, Steristrip wound closures, Sterile gauze dressings
- Mellolite non-sticky dressing
- Betadine/Alcohol/Chlorhexadine antiseptic swabs
- 1 Arm Sling
This pack is for travellers who may sustain injury in developing countries where medical sterilisation is not adequate.
Syringe and Needle Kit
- 3x 2 ml syringes
- 1x 5 ml syringes
- 2×25 gauge needle
- 2×23 gauge needle
- Sterile alcohol swabs
This pack is prepared for travellers who may need injections for emergency use where disposable needles are not commonly available.
Gastro Kit 1
- Gastrolyte sachets for fluid replacement
- Iodine 2% water sterilising solution
- Gastro Stop for diarrhoea
- Maxolon for nausea and vomiting.
Gastro Kit 2
Same as Gastro kit 1 plus Noroxin and Fasigyn (antibiotics). Detailed instructions for proper use of the packs are included in each pack.
Contents: Permethrin Concentrate, Gloves.
Special Purpose Travel
Malaria exists in several diving “hot-spots” in the South Pacific (eg. Vanuatu, PNG). Divers MUST NOT use mefloquin (Larium) to prevent malaria as it may reduce co-ordination and other nerve functions. Divers tend to travel more frequently to more exotic locations, hence it is very important to have all recommended vaccinations.
Returning Home to Family
Many Australians have family overseas (eg in their home-country) where they may have previously lived. The natural immunity that may have been present years ago often becomes reduced after spending some years in Australia. The risk is further increased for trips longer than 2-3 weeks, especially if staying in local-style accommodation. Hence it is VERY important to have vaccinations when returning “home” to see friends and relatives (even though there may not have been a risk when living overseas initially).
Sports Tours, Caving and Cycling
Those participating in combat sports must have Hepatitis B vaccination. Bats in caves and dogs chasing bicyclists make Rabies a significant risk. This vaccine requires 3 injections spread over 1 month before departure. Adequate travel insurance covering all sporting activities is vital for sports people.
Travellers to High Altitude
Most people who ascend rapidly to heights above 2500 metres (8200 ft) have a period of unpleasant acclimatisation. During this time they may have a variety of symptoms, the most prominent of which are headache, lassitude, insomnia, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. (Children cannot express these symptoms). These symptoms are collectively referred to as acute mountain sickness (AMS). Acute mountain sickness is a preventable and potentially serious disease. Travellers to the Himalayas, Tibet, the Andes, Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya, or the Rocky Mountains should be aware of AMS.
Those travelling for extended periods to developing countries or tropical regions are at more risk of developing diseases specific to that area. Detailed local information is beyond the scope of this guide. Those who are living or working overseas may benefit from speaking to local health authorities prior to departure and also while away. Beware of obtaining anecdotal advice from other expatriates, as this may not be accurate.
Examples of Rare Diseases
Trypanosomias (sleeping sickness) – “sleeping sickness” spread by tsetse fly, widespread in Africa, but more recently found in tourist areas of Serengeti National Park (Tanzania). Prevented by insect repellents (eg. Bushman’s Gel)
Schistosomiasis (bilharzia) – infection is through freshwater rivers and lakes commonly in southern Africa. Prevention by avoiding swimming in freshwater lakes (eg Lake Malawi) Plague, Chagas Disease, Tick-borne Encephalitis (etc) examples of very rare diseases which may be of relevance to specific travellers who live in endemic areas.