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Travel vaccination and advice

No one likes to be sick in bed when on holiday. Travel vaccines can protect you against common infections especially those that are more prevalent overseas such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, influenza, meningococcal, rabies and more.

Not all GP clinics in Melbourne stock travel vaccinations, however Better Health Family Clinic stocks a wide range of travel vaccines at competitive prices.

Travel vaccinations are a requirement to enter certain counties. We recommend getting travel vaccinations 4 – 6 weeks prior to traveling; this gives vaccines time to take effect and give you the required protection.

Travel Vaccinations – protect yourself before you travel

No one likes to be sick in bed when on holiday. Travel vaccines can protect you against common infections especially those that are more prevalent overseas such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, influenza, meningococcal, rabies and more.

Not all GP clinics in Melbourne stock travel vaccinations, however Better Health Family Clinic stocks a wide range of travel vaccines at competitive prices.

Travel vaccinations are a requirement to enter certain counties. We recommend getting travel vaccinations 4 – 6 weeks prior to traveling; this gives vaccines time to take effect and give you the required protection.

  • Hepatitis A – one vaccination protects for three years, two vaccinations within three years will give protection for over ten years in most people
  • Hepatitis B – three vaccinations over six months will provide lifelong protection in most people
  • Influenza – one vaccination protects for one year
  • Typhoid – one vaccination protects for three years
  • Chickenpox – two vaccinations will provide good immunity in most people
  • Cholera – adult protection lasts two years with two doses, one week apart, children’s protection lasts six months with three doses, one week apart
  • Japanese Encephalitis – two vaccinations four weeks apart protects for two to three years in most people
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella – two vaccinations will provide life-long protection in most people
  • Meningococcal – one vaccination protects for three years
  • Polio – one vaccination protects for ten years
  • Whooping cough – one vaccination protects for ten years
  • Yellow Fever – one vaccination will provide lifelong protection in most people
  • Rabies – three vaccinations over three weeks protects for over ten years in most people
  • Tetanus – one vaccination protects for between five and ten years in most people

Malaria Prophylaxis

Our doctors can provide you with medications to reduce the transmission of malaria. When in malarial areas, suggested precautions against mosquito bites include:

  • Avoid outdoor activity around dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear loose, long, light-coloured clothing.
  • Use mosquito repellents on exposed skin and clothing.
  • Don’t wear perfumes, colognes or aftershave.
  • Use ‘knockdown’ sprays, mosquito coils and plug-in vaporising devices indoors.
  • Sleep under mosquito nets treated with repellents or insecticides if windows don’t have fly screens

Childhood Immunisations

For more information please see our Children’s Health page.