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Destinations

We can tailor a care plan for your individual travel needs.

What vaccinations do I need?


The answer is, 'it depends'. Two people travelling to Thailand may have very different risks, if for instance one is going to be lying on a beach at a resort on Koh Samui and the other trekking in hills near the Burmese border. The wet season increases the malaria risk, cycling increases rabies risk, doing humanitarian work increases the risk of Hepatitis, etc. So where you go within the country, where you stay, how long, the time of year all influence the advice.


Beware, when your travel agent looks up software to check the 'list' of what vaccines are 'required' this is usually those 'required' by law, ie only Yellow Fever which is the only vaccine required by law for entry to certain countries. This list certainly is not designed to tell you what is appropriate for you to do to protect your health while you are away.


When you come to the clinic, Dr Burke will discuss with you the risks posed by your particular planned travels, taking into account exactly where you are going within each country, the seasons, what activities or work you are doing while there, and current disease outbreaks. Nonetheless, it is possible to give some general guidelines.


Click on a destination below for some general guidelines.

ALWAYS RECOMMENDED

Vaccinations:
- Hepatitis A
- Childhood schedule complete - did you complete measles?
- Tetanus in last 10 years
- Flu

Medical Kit: for Bali Belly , Delhi Belly, Rangoon Runs

MAY BE RECOMMENDED
for longer term or higher risk travellers or certain locations
- Typhoid
- Oral cholera
- Rabies
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Hepatitis B
- Polio (India, Pakistan, Afghanistan)
- Tick Borne Encephalitis

Malaria: Risk varies enormously from trip to trip. Most travellers to resort areas of Bali, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam will have no significant risk, but trekkers, surfers (eg Nias, Sumbawa) and more adventurous travellers may have very high risk. Malaria kills over a million people every year worldwide, and there is no substitute for receiving accurate advice from a doctor who is knowledgeable in this area so your strategies are appropriate.

NOT REQUIRED
- Yellow Fever. There is no Yellow Fever in Asia. However, if you come to an Asian port having recently visited certain parts of Africa or South America, you will be required to show a certificate.


IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS


Yellow Fever. There is Yellow Fever in the countries of tropical Africa, but not in Southern Africa or North Africa. If you are visiting a country in the endemic zone, you may be required to show a certificate, either at entry or at the next port.


ALWAYS RECOMMENDED


Vaccinations:

- Hepatitis A

- Childhood schedule complete - did you complete measles?

- Tetanus in last 10 years

- Flu


Medical Kit: for Pharaoh's Revenge or travellers diarrhoea by any other name.


MAY BE RECOMMENDED

for longer term or higher risk travellers or certain locations

- Typhoid

- Cholera (fizzy drink)

- Rabies

- Hepatitis B

- Polio (Nigeria)

- Meningococcal meningitis


Malaria: Risk varies enormously from trip to trip. Most travellers undertaking a safari will be at very high risk for this mosquito-borne illness which kills over a million people every year worldwide, most of whom are in Africa. However, there will be no risk for many travellers to South Africa, Morocco or Egypt. There is no substitute for receiving accurate advice from a doctor who is knowledgeable in this area so your strategies are appropriate for the risk you will be exposed to.


IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS

Yellow Fever. The Yellow Fever endemic zone as defined by the World Health Organisation has been expanded in recent years to include all countries of South America except two, namely Chile and Uruguay. If you are visiting a country in the endemic zone, you may be required to show a certificate, either at entry or at the next port.

ALWAYS RECOMMENDED

Vaccinations:
- Hepatitis A
- Childhood schedule complete - did you complete measles?
- Tetanus in last 10 years
- Flu

Medical Kit: for Montezuma's Revenge or travellers diarrhoea by any other name.

MAY BE REQUIRED
for longer term or higher risk travellers or certain locations
- Typhoid
- Cholera (fizzy drink)
- Rabies&nbsp
- Hepatitis B
- Meningococcal meningitis

Malaria: Risk varies enormously from trip to trip. Most travellers undertaking an Amazon river trip will be at risk from this mosquito-borne illness which kills over a million people every year worldwide. However, there will be no risk for most travellers to the cities of Brazil, the 'Gringo Trail' of Peru, or Chile or Argentina. There is no substitute for receiving accurate advice from a doctor who is knowledgeable in this area so your strategies are appropriate for the risk you will be exposed to.

NOT REQUIRED
- Polio has been eradicated from South America


ALWAYS RECOMMENDED


Vaccinations:

- Childhood schedule complete - did you complete measles?

- Tetanus in last 10 years

- Flu


Medical Kit: for coughs and colds, minor injuries, and for travellers diarrhoea, especially for locations such as Turkey and Eastern Europe.


MAY BE RECOMMENDED

for longer term or higher risk travellers or certain locations

- Hepatitis A

- Hepatitis B

- Typhoid

- Meningococcal meningitis

- Tick Borne Encephalitis


NOT REQUIRED

- Polio. There is no polio in Europe.

- Yellow Fever. There is no Yellow Fever in Europe. However, if you come to some European ports having recently visited certain parts of Africa or South America, you will be required to show a certificate.



ALWAYS RECOMMENDED


Vaccinations:

- Childhood schedule complete - did you complete measles?

- Tetanus in last 10 years

- Flu


Medical Kit: for coughs and colds, minor injuries, and for travellers diarrhoea, especially for Mexico


MAY BE RECOMMENDED

for longer term or higher risk travellers or certain locations, especially Mexico 

- Hepatitis A

- Hepatitis B

- Typhoid


NOT REQUIRED

- Polio. There is no polio in North America.

- Yellow Fever. There is no Yellow Fever in North America. However, if you come to some North American ports having recently visited certain parts of Africa or South America, you will be required to show a certificate.


ALWAYS RECOMMENDED


Vaccinations:

- Hepatitis A

- Childhood schedule complete - did you complete measles?

- Tetanus in last 10 years

- Flu


Medical Kit: for travellers diarrhoea by any name


MAY BE RECOMMENDED

for longer term or higher risk travellers or certain locations

- Typhoid

- Oral cholera

- Rabies

- Japanese Encephalitis, for parts of PNG and Torres Strait Islands.

- Hepatitis B


Malaria: Risk varies enormously from trip to trip. Coastal areas of PNG, and all of Vanuatu and the Solomons have very high risk. Malaria kills over a million people every year worldwide, and there is no substitute for receiving accurate advice from a doctor who is knowledgeable in this area so your strategies are appropriate. Be aware that there are certain malaria tablets which should not be used in scuba divers.


NOT REQUIRED

- Yellow Fever. There is no Yellow Fever in Oceania. However, if you arrive having recently visited certain parts of Africa or South America, you will be required to show a certificate.

- Polio has been eradicated.