Traveling to AUSTRALIA?
Vaccine recommendations for Australia are similar to recommendations for travelers entering the United States:
Always make sure you are up to date with your routine vaccinations (Adult Routine Vaccinations). This means checking to make sure you are immune to diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, hepatitis B, and tetanus. Also, you may need vaccines such as Rabies if you are spending a lot of time outdoors (camping, hiking). Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations (food and water contamination) can be considered as well. Your vaccination history should be reviewed and updated by anyone you see for travel shots.
In addition, Japanese Encephalitis (from infected mosquitoes) vaccination is recommended for stays over a month at the Torres Strait Islands.
There is little to no risk of Yellow Fever in Australia. However, Australia requires proof you have had the vaccine before allowing you to enter IF you are traveling from a country with Yellow Fever disease (Kenya, Brazil, etc.).
Traveler’s diarrhea treatment and other prescriptions may also be indicated, depending upon your itinerary.
Country-specific vaccine recommendations for Australia can be found on the CDC Website (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). We provide these vaccines during your appointment at our NYC Travel Clinic.
Insect avoidance, food and water precautions, avoiding direct contact with animals, and other safety measures can help protect you against diseases where no helpful vaccine or preventive medication exists. For example, Dengue (Mosquitoes) and Ross River Fever (Mosquitoes).