Travelling to Japan
Japan has a fascinating culture, steeped in the tradition dating back thousands of years, yet curiously it is also one of the most rapidly evolving countries in the world. From fashion to technology to food, Japan has it all. While we’re sure you’ll have a wonderful time in this quirky and curious destination, there are certain risks you should be aware of prior to travelling.
Plan on climbing mountains or travelling to high ground? For anyone travelling 2000m above sea level should be aware of this debilitating sickness caused by lack of oxygen. Preventative medication is available, so if you feel you might be at risk please speak to one of our doctors for a customised travel kit including the medications you will require.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Japanese Encephalitis is transmitted to humans by mosquitos. About 1 in 4 contractions prove fatal. In temperate areas of Asia, JE virus transmission is seasonal. Human disease usually peaks in the summer and fall. In the subtropics and tropics, transmission can occur year-round, often with a peak during the rainy season. Whether you will require a vaccine against JE depends on your itinerary, length of stay and time of year that you travel. It is recommended you discuss your travel plans with one of our doctors to determine whether you will require a JE vaccination.
Present in China and Japan, the disease is most active from April through August. The vaccine is recommended for high-risk travellers which include those engaging in outdoor activities such as hiking and camping, or for anyone that plans on staying in rural or forested areas. Please speak to one of our doctors to assess your need for the vaccine.
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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