Travel vaccinations are generally not the first thing on our mind when we’re planning for an exciting journey abroad, especially to new and exotic places. But suppose you’re planning to leave the Gold Coast on a family vacation or a business trip. In that case, you may need to get vaccinated to safeguard against any potential diseases.
The medical team here at the Oasis Medical Centre cannot stress the importance of understanding the risks and addressing them proactively. Mainly as in certain instances, some vaccines can take up to 8 weeks to become fully effective.
What are Travel Vaccinations, and how do they work?
A vaccine is a specific type of medicine that trains the body’s immune system to fight a disease or diseases it has not come into contact with previously. Vaccination is a preventative measure rather than treatment for a particular disease once you have caught it. The vaccines that are designed to provide immunity against diseases found in other countries around the globe are known as travel vaccines.
Why you need travel vaccinations
Risk of Disease
When you travel abroad to an exotic destination, you may be exposed to the risk of many infectious diseases that your body is simply not prepared to fight. Therefore, it’s essential to receive the appropriate vaccinations as a preventative measure and reduce the risk.
A vaccine contains microorganisms of the disease in its very weakest form that is then injected into your body. Your immune system then naturally produces the required antibodies to fight off the organism if you come in contact with that particular disease again.
In certain instances, some vaccines, such as yellow fever, are required before entering into a country; this is due to the high risk of exposure to such diseases, transmitted through a mosquito bite and passed along once the host is infected. Without these required vaccines, you may run into difficulties when returning to your home on the Gold Coast.
Save Money on Healthcare
Imagine what would happen if you decided to go on your trip without getting the recommended vaccinations and contracted an illness while you’re away. You could end up spending a fortune on local hospitalisation and long-term medical care. While there is a cost for vaccinations, they’re only a fraction of emergency healthcare costs.
Furthermore, in certain instances, if you failed to receive the required vaccinations before you travelled and you got into any difficulties, your health insurance coverage may be null and void.
What travel vaccines do you need?
Different countries worldwide can have infectious diseases that are rare or perhaps do not even exist here in Australia. Therefore to protect your health, it’s vital to have the correct vaccinations before departing the country.
The travel vaccines you would need for your particular trip will depend on your destination, activities there, and the time of the year. Plus, you need to remember that some travel vaccines may require two or more injections/doses over several weeks.
Therefore it’s essential to schedule an appointment with your GP at least 6-8 weeks before travelling. Our highly experienced and professional team here at the Oasis Medical Centre can advise you on what you require to stay safe and schedule all of the necessary appointments on your behalf.
The most common diseases you may need protection for include
Because every country has different living conditions and health systems in place, the diseases you can be exposed to can vary from country to country. To help you understand what you require, here are the most common travel vaccines that you should get if you are planning international travel shortly, and these include
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Meningococcal Disease
- Tick-borne Encephalitis
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
While we here at Oasis Medical Centre can assist with all other travel vaccinations, Yellow Fever and Q Fever vaccinations are not currently offered at our practice here in Broadbeach. To find an approved Yellow Fever and Q Fever vaccination clinic in other locations, try Travelvax for more information.
When should you consult us here at Oasis Medical Centre about your travel vaccine requirements?
Here at the Oasis Medical Centre, we always advise our patients to start thinking about their travel vaccines as soon as practically possible. Typically, vaccines take time to develop immunity in your body (become effective), and some vaccines need to be administered in several doses over a couple of weeks. For example, vaccines like rabies require four weeks to complete the course.
How long will your vaccine cover last?
While some vaccines last for a few years, others last for life. Our team here at Oasis Medical Centre can fully explain how long you will be covered for and if, at any stage, you will need a follow-up booster shot.
The Oasis Medical Centre
Here at the Oasis Medical Centre in Broadbeach, we help travellers like you to stay safe and protected from serious diseases found in other parts of the world.
Open from 9.00 am until 5.00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and then 9.00 am until 8.00 pm on Thursday. We offer a comprehensive travel clinic with walk-in and same-day appointments to patients throughout the Gold Coast and surrounding regions, including Mermaid Beach, Broadbeach Waters, Mermaid Waters, Clear Island Waters, and those at Surfers Paradise and beyond.
To learn more about the travel clinic services we offer here at the Oasis Medical Centre in Broadbeach or arrange an appointment, call our friendly reception staff on 07 5641 1527 or book online if you’re an existing patient.
Then when you’re ready to leave for your trip, you’ll be rest assured knowing you’ve been protected from diseases thanks to both the required travel vaccines and the Oasis Medical Centre in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.