Erskineville Doctors can provide the common travel vaccines for overseas travel. We are also an accredited Yellow Fever vaccination centre. We suggest you book a long appointment with one of our doctors, who can advise you about recommended vaccines for your itinerary and prescribe these vaccines for you. There is however, for most travellers, more than just vaccines to consider:
Important tips for planning your trip:
- See your GP at least 4-6 weeks in advance (preferably months in advance)
- Take out travel insurance
- Consider the specific health risks in your destinations (see also the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs Smart Traveller for general travel advice and safety risks per country)
- Ensure any pre-existing health conditions you have are well managed and you have sufficient medication and a travel letter from your GP
- Consider food safety whilst travelling to minimise your health risks
- Consider taking a traveller’s health kit with you
- Learn how to prevent bug bites, especially mosquitos when you travel
- Consider any Visa requirements
You should start thinking about vaccines a few months before your trip, as you may need more than one in a particular course. Most vaccines take at least 2 weeks to achieve their full efficacy. It’s helpful if you can bring a copy of your itinerary if your travel is going to cover several countries. If you can find a record of any immunisations you have had in the past this will help avoid unnecessary vaccination.
We can also prescribe anti-malarial tablets according to the advice for your particular destination. We suggest you have a look at this chart and check your itinerary to see if malaria prevention is recommended at your destination.
Vaccines available in our practice:
Vivaxim (Hep A/typhoid)
Avaxim (Hep A )
Typhim Vi (Typhoid)
Twinrix (Hep A/Hep B)
HB Vax II (Hep B)
Stamaril (Yellow Fever)
If you do not have evidence of having had 2 doses of MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella) you may require a booster. Flu vaccine is worth considering if you are not already immunised.
Our practice is accredited to administer Yellow Fever vaccine. This vaccine is a requirement for travel to some countries in Africa, South America, Central America and the Caribeean. See here for more information.
For information on Malaria risk by country: https://www.cdc.gov/malaria/travelers/about_maps.html
For information on Zika virus, including a list of countries where Zika has been identified visit: https://www.cdc.gov/viajosinzika/