Health Tips

The internet is a great source of health information for travellers. For vaccination and health advice, including information on disease outbreaks, visit:
www.cdc.gov   or   www.who.int   or   www.smartraveller.gov.au

Before travel, consult your health professional to discuss:

  • Itinerary
  • Duration of Travel
  • Style of Travel
  • Past Medical History
  • Vaccination Requirements
  • Pregnancy
  • Allergies
  • Medications
  • Pre-Exisiting Conditions
  • Disease Prevention

Tips for long distance travellers

  • Do frequent leg exercise and take deep breaths regularly while seated
  • Drink plenty of non-alcoholic beverages to prevent dehydration

Other useful tips

  • Carry a small first-aid kit with you containing a packet of adhesive dressings, some insect repellent, antiseptic cream and water sterilisation tablets (this takes up little space and could be useful). Emergency medical travel kits are available.
  • Unless you know the water you are using is safe (bottled water usually is), sterilise all drinking water either by boiling or using sterilisation tablets.
  • It is unwise to have your skin pierced (e.g. acupuncture, tattooing, ear piercing, etc.) unless you can be sure that the equipment used is sterile – a needle wiped with an alcohol swab is not necessarily sterile. Keep a note on your person advising of any significant medical condition affecting you (e.g. diabetes, angina pectoris, haemophilia).

The three R's of travel vaccination

Routine vaccinations (childhood or adult vaccinations)

  • Tetanus
  • Polio
  • MMR
  • Influenza
  • Pneumococcal
  • Varicella

Required vaccinations
For instance when crossing international borders certain vaccinations are required

  • Yellow Fever
  • Cholera
  • Meningococcal

Recommended vaccinations
There are some vaccinations recommended when travelling overseas specific to your destination. These may include:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Rabies
  • Cholera

Please see your doctor to identify your specific needs. For the latest travel advisory notices, please visit: www.smartraveller.gov.au