If you are planning an overseas holiday you may wish to consult one of our doctors for travel advice to ensure you stay healthy during your trip. You should plan to see your Doctor at least 4-6 weeks before travelling, to ensure adequate time for vaccines to work if they are required. In consultation your doctor will determine the need for any vaccinations or anti-malaria medication required. The most common infection acquired overseas, by far, is influenza.



What should I do to protect myself from infectious diseases while overseas?

You should carefully research your specific destination and planned activities. The risk of infectious disease differs greatly depending on where you intend to travel and what activities you plan to undertake while overseas.

What should I do if I am sick once I return home?

If you have any of the following within two weeks of return, you should see your doctor as soon as possible:

  • Fever
  • Unexplained skin rashes or lesions
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Persistent diarrhoea
  • Unusual bleeding from the eyes, ears, nose, mouth or anus
  • Swollen glands in your armpits or neck
  • Prolonged loss of consciousness
  • Persistent coughing or difficulty breathing