Information & Advice
Australia is a popular destination for people travelling the world, visiting family or just going on holiday. It's a diverse country with deserts, beaches and much, much more. If you're going on the trip of a lifetime though, you'll want to help yourself stay safe.
Depending on your destination and the activities you do, you may be exposed to diseases you would not otherwise encounter in the UK, some of which can be vaccinated against at your local Boots pharmacy.
Below are some of the diseases you may need protection against when you're in Australia.
Yellow fever is a viral infection transmitted by mosquitoes and can be fatal in some people.
A yellow fever vaccine is only needed if you are travelling from another country with a risk of yellow fever before arriving in Australia. That includes spending 12 hours at an airport located in a country with a high risk of yellow fever. Your pharmacist will give you the latest advice for your trip.
Rabies is a serious viral infection which affects the nervous system and is almost always fatal unless treated early.
It's passed onto humans when broken skin comes in contact with the saliva of an infected animal, such as bats. You are at a higher risk in remote areas where access to medical care may be limited.
Hepatitis A is a viral liver infection caught from contaminated food and water. The risk is higher in areas with poor sanitation, so taking steps like washing your hands after using the toilet is important.
Hepatitis B is a viral liver disease spread through infected blood and other bodily fluids. The risk is higher for certain people, like those having unprotected sex.
This brain infection is spread by mosquitoes and symptoms include paralysis and seizures. There is only a risk of transmission if you visit the Torres Strait Islands and Cape York Peninsula in northern Queensland.
Tetanus is an infection caused by bacteria and can lead to the tightening of muscles in the body which can affect swallowing and breathing. If you've not had a tetanus dose in the last 10 years then a booster dose may be advised.
Getting vaccinated can help prevent you from becoming ill if you are exposed to these diseases. Our pharmacists will help you understand the factors that increase your risk and can help you work out which vaccinations to get depending on things like:
You can use our quick check tool to get a list of diseases that may be present in the country and vaccinations to consider for your destination.
We recommend booking an appointment with a Boots pharmacist six to eight weeks before you travel. However, even if time is short, we can still help you with options to consider.
No matter where you are travelling to, it's recommended your childhood immunisations are up to date for:
Vaccinations for the following conditions are usually available free on the NHS:
These vaccinations protect against diseases which are considered to be the greatest risk to public health if they were brought into the country.
For more information on common travel immunisations, why not visit BootsWebMD?
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