Travel vaccination. Why do people need travel vaccination?
The answer is simple. Different areas worldwide have different bugs – viruses and bacteria causing illness. For example, people travelling to Bali should have a minimum of Measles-Mumps-Rubella, Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis, Polio and Influenza. Additional shots against Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Rabies, Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis and Hepatitis B may be required if you engage in certain activities or visit certain areas.
Doctors will help you with the decisions about what vaccines you need.
Some destinations require certain vaccination to enter or return to Australia. The best example is the Yellow fever vaccination. People travelling to ‘risk destinations’ must have a Yellow fever vaccination certificate issued by a registered provider. Countries with high risk for Yellow fever include African countries such as Nigeria, Uganda, Togo and Ghana, as well as some destinations in Central/South America, including Brazil, Argentina (Misiones and Corrientes provinces) and Peru. Forty-two countries are on Australia’s Yellow Fever risk list of countries and areas.
You should visit your GP at least 6 to 8 weeks before planned travel to discuss your vaccination needs. Some vaccines require a longer time between the shot and travel to become effective.
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