Many infectious diseases are largely controlled in Australia through widespread vaccinations and other health measures. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many other countries, where vaccinations and strict immunisation regimes are not implemented. Travelling overseas dramatically increases health risks and infections can be fatal in rare cases, this is why it is important to make sure you are vaccinated before travelling to another country.
Vaccines protect by exposing the body to a small dose of the disease. This, in turn, strengthens your immune system as it develops immunity. Not vaccinating puts you at a greater risk of catching a preventable disease, when you travel to other countries.
No matter where you are travelling to, it is strongly advised that your vaccinations are up to date. Some countries may even deny you entry unless you have the required vaccinations. Health risks vary from one country to another and there may be new outbreaks in certain areas. Which is why it is important to see one of our highly experienced travel doctors at our Perth medical centre before booking a trip as new vaccines may be available.
Northbridge Medical Centre is a registered travel clinic and certified to provide the Yellow Fever vaccination in Perth. A risk assessment approach is best to clarify disease exposure and protective benefits against any concerns you may have. We provide general health counselling, travel medicine and can prescribe travel kits as well conduct pre-travel health screening and blood testing.
Our medical centre can provide vaccinations, medicine and recommend travel precautions to take, relative to your destination and season. The Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council recommends all travelers be up to date with:
Depending on the destination you are travelling to and your activities, we routinely recommend prophylaxis against the following:
There may be other infections not in this list that are unique to certain regions of the world. This is yet another reason to schedule an appointment at our medical centre to discuss the appropriate medicine or immunisations for you before you travel.
Now that more Australians are taking the opportunity to travel, it is more important than ever to be vaccinated and ensure you’re up to date with your immunisations. Our medical centre and experienced team encourage you to book your travel vaccinations with us at least 4 weeks prior to your departure date. Additional information on travel health can be found here.
Alternatively, contact our professional and caring team on (08) 9228 8339 today to find out more or to make an appointment. We are also open for travel vaccinations on Saturday.