Before you head overseas …

With our open borders and access to travel all over the world,  West Australians are looking to fly overseas, use those long held travel credits and be ready to enjoy holidays away.

When you travel you want to have security that you will not put yourself or those around you at risk of picking up an infectious disease overseas. At FLOREAT MEDICAL we provide travel medicine advice and immunisations. We are a registered Yellow Fever Vaccination provider and can provide proof of vaccination for yellow fever travel requirements.

Specific countries, areas and regions will have specific recommendations and requirements. There are also changes that occur and you need to be up to date with the latest recommendations. Ask our nurses about our comprehensive travel immunisation service and book an appointment with your doctor at least 6 weeks before you leave Australia, but vaccination planning for travel should be discussed 3 – 6 months prior to your departure date to make certain we have time to fully protect you.  You may need more than one vaccine injection and a time interval may be required. Your doctor can provide you with the information you need for your specific health needs.

Our aim is to keep you healthy while you are overseas for your work, holidays, and adventures.

While many infectious diseases have been controlled in Australia due to widespread vaccination and other public health measures, this is not the case in many other countries. Travelling can expose you to diseases that do not occur in Australia. In rare cases these infections can be fatal.

Pregnant women, babies and young children, the elderly as well as people with a weakened immune system (due to a medical condition or certain medicines) are especially at risk of infection when travelling.

Vaccination is a way to protect against certain infections through exposure to small, safe doses which trigger the body’s immune system to react against infection. Vaccination is safe and effective and is especially important when travelling.

Some countries may require you to be vaccinated against certain diseases. If you do not have the required vaccinations, you may be refused entry or required to have the necessary vaccinations at the border.

Talk to your doctor about vaccinations you may require and your doctor can also advise you on measures to avoid infectious diseases while overseas. This might include measures to avoid contaminated water or food and advice about your medicines and your lifestyle while you are travelling.

For more information see Smartravelller and Department of Health