Travelling to Africa
If you’re seeking dramatic landscapes, extraordinary wildlife, ancient cultures, awe-inspiring music and beautiful beaches then Africa will prove itself a remarkable destination. From Zanzibar to Zimbabwe there is so much to see and do in this giant continent. As always, there are a much higher level of risk when it comes to illness and disease, so it is highly recommended you seek advice prior to your departure.
Malaria Risk (High)
Malaria is highly present in Africa. There is no vaccine for Malaria and a course of medication is to be taken instead. It is strongly recommended for all travellers to Africa. Please make an appointment with us as different malarial medications may be required depending on your circumstances.
Travellers Diarrhoea (Gastroenteritis)
Travellers diarrhoea (popularly referred to as Bali Belly) is very common and is generally contracted through drinking contaminated water or eating contaminated foods. It is generally not life threatening and clears up after a few days.
- Abdominal pain
- Urgency to use the toilet
- Weakness or general discomfort
It is highly recommended you are well prepared for this common illness by packing the appropriate medications and hydration. Please talk to one of our doctors about getting a customised travel kit for your destination.
Yellow Fever Certificate*
Yellow fever is a potential deadly flu-like virus that is spread by mosquitos. It is incurable. A yellow fever vaccination is highly recommended for all travellers travelling to or through Africa. Some countries will not allow entry without a Yellow Fever Certificate. A vaccination certificate is required for entry from all travellers over 9 months of age.
For more information about yellow fever requirements click here.
Hepatitis A is a debilitating viral infection of the liver. It is highly common in developing countries due to poor sanitation. It is strongly recommended you get vaccinated against hepatitis A at least 21 days prior to travelling. Hepatitis A with a follow-up booster shot 6 months after your first generally lasts for around 10 years. If you haven't had a shot in a while it's best to check with one of our doctors if you need another.
Hepatitis B is a highly dangerous and potentially fatal infection of the liver. Hepatitis B can lead to liver cancer if untreated. Most people diagnosed with liver cancer in Australia die within one to two years – many in the first month after diagnosis. It is strongly recommended you protect yourself against this deadly virus when visiting developing countries. Most Australian's born after 1988 would have received a series of 3 Hepatitis B vaccinations between the ages of 0 - 6 months. The shots are expected to last your lifetime, however, it is recommended you have your blood tested prior to travelling to risky locations or engaging in high-risk Hepatitis B transmission behaviour in which case you may need a booster shot. If you have not had a vaccination or cannot recall the last time you were vaccinated it is best that you contact us and our doctors will make a recommendation based on your circumstances.
Typhoid is a bacterial disease spread through contaminated food, water or unwashed hands as well as flies. The illness may not be noticeable for 1-2 weeks after transmission and symptoms can include fever, headache, loss of appetite, muscle aches and a dry cough. All travellers should be vaccinated against typhoid as it is quite common in developing, rural or remote areas. Vaccinations generally last 2-3 years but are only 60-70% efficient so it is highly recommended to conduct safe practices when it comes to the handling and consumption of food and overall sanitation. Please discuss with one of our doctors for more details specific to your journey.
Africa is prone to sporadic outbreaks of the Meningococcal Meningitis. While most travellers are at low risk, we strongly recommend consulting one of our doctors to assess your specific risk. Vaccination is recommended for all travellers who have a non-functioning spleen.
Influenza is the most common preventable disease among travellers. It is highly contagious and has a range of uncomfortable symptoms that are sure to ruin any holiday or trip away. An annual flu shot is recommended to keep the flu at bay. As the flu virus is constantly adapting itself, it's necessary to continue getting shots to ensure your protection against the latest strain of the viral infection. Play it safe and get a flu shot if you plan on travelling.
Rabies is typically contracted through a bite from an infected animal. Unless treated immediately, rabies is universally fatal. The required treatment for a rabies bite is not readily available in many parts of the developing world. A vaccine can prevent infection so it is highly recommended you get a vaccine if you expect to be coming into contact with animals in countries that have a risk of rabies. If you're unsure we recommend to speak to one of our doctors who will assess whether you need the vaccine.
Note: A course of 3 shots is required over 3 weeks. Please ensure you plan and check the price in advance.
- Excess salivation
- Muscle spasms
- Mental confusion
Cholera is an infection of the intestine which is typically contracted through the consumption of contaminated water. It is present in few areas and risk of contracting the disease is low, however, it is recommended you speak with one of our doctors to discuss your specific travel plans so we can assess whether you are at risk and will require a vaccination.
We offer a variety of travel kits, ranging from a basic gastro kit to an adventure pack. From gauze to altitude sickness medication, we prepare you for all eventualities.
Fit To Travel Certificates
From an itemised list of prescription medication to Fitness to Travel Certification, we make your transition through customs and border patrol a stress free experience.
Our Doctors will prepare a care plan for you, which will help you to manage your existing health concerns and avoid further complications that a change of climate and a long flight can bring.
Ready to go?
Book in an assessment with one of our highly qualified travel doctors. This consult will allow us to determine what region/country you intend to visit, which vaccines are appropriate, and what health risks you may encounter whilst travelling abroad.
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