travel health risk guide

Everyone needs a break once in a while. Holidays give you that time off that you need, as well as giving you something to look forward to in your daily grind. Whether it be a weekend away interstate or a two-week experience overseas, having a break can help you wind down and recharge.

In particular, travelling abroad can really get you out of your comfort zone, allow you to grow in cultural sensitivity, grow a global mindset and sometimes even teach you new languages.

travel health risk guide

Statistics on Overseas Arrivals and Departures for 2017, put together by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, show us the most popular travel destinations for Australians. The top five were:

  1. New Zealand
  2. Indonesia
  3. USA
  4. UK
  5. Thailand

Here at Central Health Clinic, we value your safety when you embark on your international adventures, so we have put together a travel health risk guide for these destinations, based on information provided by Travelvax.

Travel Health Risk Guide

New Zealand

travel health risk guide

Low risk.

  • Moderate presence of Hepatitis B in local population, vaccination is recommended.
  • Typhoid is a low risk for most travellers, however consult a medical practitioner for your specific risk.
  • Influenza is a Southern Hemisphere winter risk (May to October). The vaccine is effective for 1 year.
  • Sexually transmitted and blood-borne diseases occur. Condoms and sterile needles can help prevent this.
  • Altitude illness is a risk to travellers when ascending 2000 meters or more. Consult a medical practitioner if this may apply to you, as preventive medication is available.

Indonesia

travel health risk guide

High risk.

  • Malaria is present. A medical practitioner needs to discuss whether anti-malarial medications are recommended.
  • A Yellow fever vaccination certificate should be shown upon arriving from high risk countries and airports, if applicable.
  • Risk of Hepatitis A infection is high for all travellers, vaccination recommended.
  • Low presence of Hepatitis B in local population, discuss whether vaccination would be recommended with a medical practitioner .
  • Risk of typhoid is high for all travellers, vaccination recommended.
  • Year round risk present for influenza. The vaccine is effective for 1 year.
  • Rabies present. Recommendation for vaccination will depend on specific itinerary and activities planned.
  • Japanese Encephalitis present. Consult a medical practitioner for your specific risk, vaccinations might be recommended.
  • Cholera is present, however the risk is low for the majority of travellers. Consult a medical practitioner for your specific risk and take food and water precautions.
  • Travellers’ diarrhea has a moderate risk. Affecting 20-60% of overseas travellers, food and water precautions are essential, and medications are available.
  • Insect borne diseases are present. Insect avoidance measures are highly recommended.
  • Schistosomiasis risk. Avoid freshwater contact if you are unsure of its origin.
  • Sexually transmitted and blood-borne diseases occur. Condoms and sterile needles can help prevent this.
  • Altitude illness is a risk to travellers when ascending 2000 meters or more. Consult a medical practitioner if this may apply to you, as preventive medication is available.

USA

travel health risk guide

Low risk.

  • Low presence of Hepatitis B in local population, discuss whether vaccination would be recommended with a medical practitioner.
  • Low risk for most travellers. Consult a medical practitioner for your specific risk.
  • Northern hemisphere winter risk (November to April). Most common vaccine preventable illness in travellers. Vaccine recommended, effective for 1 year.
  • Rabies present. Recommendation for vaccination will depend on specific itinerary and activities planned.
  • Insect borne diseases are present. Insect avoidance measures are highly recommended.
  • Low incidence of sexually transmitted and blood-borne diseases. Condoms and sterile needles can help prevent this.
  • Altitude illness is a risk to travellers when ascending 2000 meters or more. Consult a medical practitioner if this may apply to you, as preventive medication is available.

UK

travel health risk guide

Low risk.

  • Low presence of Hepatitis B in local population, discuss whether vaccination would be recommended with a medical practitioner .
  • Northern hemisphere winter risk (November to April). Most common vaccine preventable illness in travellers. Vaccine recommended, effective for 1 year.
  • Rabies present. Recommendation for vaccination will depend on specific itinerary and activities planned.
  • Low incidence of sexually transmitted and blood-borne diseases. Condoms and sterile needles can help prevent this.

Thailand

travel health risk guide

Medium risk.

  • Malaria is present. A medical practitioner needs to discuss whether anti-malarial medications are recommended.
  • A Yellow fever vaccination certificate should be shown upon arriving from high risk countries and airports, if applicable.
  • Hepatitis A is of moderate risk to travellers, vaccination recommended.
  • Moderate presence of Hepatitis B in local population. Vaccination would be recommended.
  • Typhoid is of moderate risk for most travellers. Consult a medical practitioner for your specific risk.
  • Year round risk present. Most common vaccine preventable illness in travellers.
  • Rabies present. Recommendation for vaccination will depend on specific itinerary and activities planned.
  • Japanese Encephalitis present. Consult a medical practitioner for your specific risk, vaccinations might be recommended.
  • Cholera is present, however the risk is low for most travellers. Consult a medical practitioner for your specific risk and take food and water precautions.
  • Insect borne diseases are present. Insect avoidance measures are highly recommended.
  • Sexually transmitted and blood-borne diseases occur. Condoms and sterile needles can help prevent this.
  • Altitude illness is a risk to travellers when ascending 2000 meters or more. Consult a medical practitioner if this may apply to you, as preventive medication is available.

 

travel health risk guide

No matter where you are going for your next holiday, we wish you the very best, and our travel doctors are happy to help you with any questions or concerns you might have leading up to your adventure.

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