Travelling to North America
North America is a large and beautiful continent consisting of Canada, the USA, Greenland, Bermuda, Saint Pierre and Miquelon. Whether you’re road tripping route 66 or going snowboarding at Whistler, there’s so much to see and do in this diverse region. As always, there is an increased risk of illness while travelling so it’s important to take the right measures to protect yourself prior to departing.
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 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.
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
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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