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“It’s our vision at Shepparton Travel Clinic to provide expert medical advice to those travelling overseas.”

Dr Olga Ilic

TRAVEL DESTINATIONS

Major issues for well-travelled places

The below information is intended as a guide. Depending on your itinerary details and medical circumstances advice may be incomplete. A consultation at Shepparton Travel Centre is still required to properly discuss your risks and develop specific recommendations. The below advice also assumes you have had childhood immunisations according to the Australian immunisation schedule.

For up to date information and recommendations re CORONAVIRUS please make an appointment at Shepparton Travel Clinic and consult the Australian Governments website https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

Destination

Destination

Illness Risk

Illness Risk

Prevention Measures

Prevention Measures

Kokoda Track

The Kokoda track highlights the course of several WW2 battles between the Japanese and Australian forces. It is a challenging track which requires a reasonable level of fitness and training.

Kokoda Track

Kokoda Track Illness Risks

◊ Risk of GastroenteritisHIGH
◊ Risk of Mosquito borne illnesses – HIGH
◊ Malaria – PRESENT
◊ Risk of Rabies – POSSIBLE

GENERAL PRE-TRAVEL CARE:
◊ You should be up to date with Tetanus Vaccine
◊ Consider taking an adequate first-aid / medical kit in the event of sickness whilst overseas
◊ Footcare – ensure your boots are worn in to reduce blisters & carry dressings / fungal creams for feet

Topics to discuss with doctor

GASTROENTERITIS:
◊ Water = you will need to treat water along Track – see our Blog on Contaminated Water
◊ Vaccines for Hepatitis A, Typhoid
◊ Hand sanitiser, see diarrhoea blog for details

MOSQUITO BORNE ILLNESSES:
◊ Tropical strength repellent and follow mosquito precautions – view our Blog on Mosquito borne diseases.
◊ Tablets to reduce the chance of malaria – Antimalarial Medication
◊  Vaccine for Japanese Encephalitis

CONSIDER VACCINATIONS FOR:
◊ Tetanus, Influenza, Hepatitis B, Measles Mumps Rubella, Rabies & Pertussis.

RISK OF RABIES:
◊ Avoid contact with bats, if bitten/scratched seek medical care urgently (see Rabies blog)

Handy reading: Pre-Departure Information Guide

Indonesia (including Bali)

Indonesia is the world’s largest island country and located in Southeast Asia, between the Indian and Pacific oceans. Indonesia has more than seventeen thousand islands, and over 1.9 million square kilometres.

Kokoda Track

Indonesia Illness Risks

◊ Risk of GastroenteritisHIGH
◊ Risk of Mosquito borne illnesses – HIGH
◊ Risk of Rabies – YES
◊ Malaria – PRESENT in some parts of Indonesia

GENERAL PRE-TRAVEL CARE:
◊ You should be up to date with Tetanus Vaccine
◊ Consider taking an adequate first-aid / medical kit in the event of sickness whilst overseas

Topics to discuss with doctor

GASTROENTERITIS:
◊ Water = tap water is unsafe – read our Blog on Contaminated Water to learn about safe water supplies
◊ Vaccines for Hepatitis A, Typhoid
◊ Hand sanitiser, see our diarrhoea blog for details

RISK OF MOSQUITO BORNE ILLNESSES:
◊ Take tropical strength repellent and follow mosquito precautions – view our Blog on Mosquito borne diseases.
◊ Tablets to reduce the chance of malaria – Antimalarial Medication
◊  Vaccine for Japanese Encephalitis

CONSIDER VACCINATIONS FOR:
◊ Tetanus, Influenza, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Rabies & Pertussis.

RISK OF RABIES:
◊ Avoid contact with dogs (and other land mammals such as monkeys and bats), if bitten/scratched seek medical care urgently (see Rabies blog)

Thailand (including Phuket)

Thailand is located in Southeast Asia, and known for its tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha.

Kokoda Track

Thailand Illness Risks

◊ Risk of GastroenteritisHIGH
◊ Risk of Mosquito borne illnesses – HIGH
◊ Risk of Rabies – YES
◊ Malaria – PRESENT in some parts of Thailand

GENERAL PRE-TRAVEL CARE:
◊ You should be up to date with Tetanus Vaccine
◊ Consider taking an adequate first-aid / medical kit in the event of sickness whilst overseas

Topics to discuss with doctor

GASTROENTERITIS:
◊ Water = tap water is unsafe – read our Blog on Contaminated Water to learn about safe water supplies
◊ Vaccines for Hepatitis A, Typhoid
◊ Hand sanitiser, see our diarrhoea blog for details

RISK OF MOSQUITO BORNE ILLNESSES:
◊ Take tropical strength repellent and follow mosquito precautions – view our Blog on Mosquito borne diseases.
◊ Tablets to reduce the chance of malaria – Antimalarial Medication
◊  Vaccine for Japanese Encephalitis

CONSIDER VACCINATIONS FOR:
◊ Rabies, Tetanus, Influenza, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella & Pertussis.

RISK OF RABIES:
◊ Avoid contact with dogs (and other land mammals such as monkeys and bats), if bitten/scratched seek medical care urgently (see Rabies blog)



Kenya

Kenya is located in East Africa with a coastline on the Indian Ocean and is home to wildlife such as lions, elephants and rhinoceros. Safaris are popular, visiting the Maasai Mara Reserve and Amboseli National Park.

Kokoda Track

Kenya Illness Risks

◊ Risk of GastroenteritisHIGH
◊ Risk of Mosquito borne illnesses – HIGH
◊ Risk of Rabies – YES
◊ Risk of Yellow Fever – YES
◊ Meningococcal Meningitis – POSSIBLE
◊ Malaria – PRESENT

REQUIRED VACCINATION
◊ Vaccination for Yellow Fever

GENERAL PRE-TRAVEL CARE:
◊ You should be up to date with Tetanus Vaccine
◊ Consider taking an adequate first-aid / medical kit in the event of sickness whilst overseas

Topics to discuss with doctor

GASTROENTERITIS:
◊ Water = tap water is unsafe – read our Blog on Contaminated Water to learn about safe water supplies
Vaccines for Hepatitis A, Typhoid
◊ Hand sanitiser, see diarrhoea blog for details

RISK OF MOSQUITO BORNE ILLNESSES:
Vaccination for Yellow Fever is required
◊ Take tropical strength repellent and follow mosquito precautions – view our Blog on Mosquito borne diseases.
◊ Tablets to reduce the chance of malaria – Antimalarial Medication

CONSIDER VACCINATIONS FOR:
◊ Rabies, Tetanus, Influenza, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella & Pertussis.

You may require vaccine for Meningococcal Meningitis

RISK OF RABIES:
◊ Avoid contact with dogs (and other land mammals such as monkeys and bats), if bitten/scratched seek medical care urgently (see Rabies blog)

Maldives

Officially the Republic of Maldives, this small country is located in South Asia, in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean. 

Kokoda Track

Maldives Illness Risks

◊ Risk of GastroenteritisMODERATE
◊ Risk of Mosquito borne illnesses – HIGH
◊ Risk of Rabies – POSSIBLE
◊ Malaria – NOT PRESENT

GENERAL PRE-TRAVEL CARE:
◊ You should be up to date with Tetanus Vaccine
◊ Consider taking an adequate first-aid / medical kit in the event of sickness whilst overseas

Topics to discuss with doctor

GASTROENTERITIS:
◊ Water = tap water is unsafe – read our Blog on Contaminated Water to learn about safe water supplies
◊ Vaccines for Hepatitis A, Typhoid
◊ Hand sanitiser, see our diarrhoea blog for details

RISK OF MOSQUITO BORNE ILLNESSES:
◊ Take tropical strength repellent and follow mosquito precautions – view our Blog on Mosquito borne diseases.

CONSIDER VACCINATIONS FOR:
◊ Rabies, Tetanus, Influenza, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella & Pertussis.

RISK OF RABIES:
◊ Avoid contact with bats, if bitten/scratched seek medical care urgently (see Rabies blog)

 

Fiji

Fiji is located in the South Pacific and has more than 300 islands. Fiji is famed for its coral reefs with clear lagoons, palm-lined beaches and rugged landscapes.

Kokoda Track

Fiji Illness Risks

◊ Risk of GastroenteritisMODERATE
◊ Risk of Mosquito borne illnesses – HIGH
◊ Risk of Rabies – POSSIBLE
◊ Malaria – NOT PRESENT

GENERAL PRE-TRAVEL CARE:
◊ You should be up to date with Tetanus Vaccine
◊ Consider taking an adequate first-aid / medical kit in the event of sickness whilst overseas

Topics to discuss with doctor

GASTROENTERITIS:
◊ Water = tap water is unsafe – read our Blog on Contaminated Water to learn about safe water supplies
◊ Vaccines for Hepatitis A, Typhoid
◊ Hand sanitiser, see our diarrhoea blog for details

RISK OF MOSQUITO BORNE ILLNESSES:
◊ Take tropical strength repellent and follow mosquito precautions – view our Blog on Mosquito borne diseases.

CONSIDER VACCINATIONS FOR:
◊ Rabies, Tetanus, Influenza, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella & Pertussis.

RISK OF RABIES:
◊ Avoid contact with bats, if bitten/scratched seek medical care urgently (see Rabies blog)

Vanuatu

Vanuatu is located in the South Pacific Ocean and made up of approximately 80 islands stretching 1,300 klm. 

Kokoda Track

Vanuatu Illness Risks

◊ Risk of GastroenteritisMODERATE
◊ Risk of Mosquito borne illnesses – HIGH
◊ Risk of Rabies – POSSIBLE
◊ Malaria – PRESENT

GENERAL PRE-TRAVEL CARE:
◊ You should be up to date with Tetanus Vaccine
◊ Consider taking an adequate first-aid / medical kit in the event of sickness whilst overseas

Topics to discuss with doctor

GASTROENTERITIS:
◊ Water = tap water is unsafe – read our Blog on Contaminated Water to learn about safe water supplies
◊ Vaccines for Hepatitis A, Typhoid
◊ Hand sanitiser, see our diarrhoea blog for details

RISK OF MOSQUITO BORNE ILLNESSES:
◊ Take tropical strength repellent and follow mosquito precautions – view our Blog on Mosquito borne diseases.
◊ Tablets to reduce the chance of malaria – Antimalarial Medication

CONSIDER VACCINATIONS FOR:
◊ Rabies, Tetanus, Influenza, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella & Pertussis.

RISK OF RABIES:
◊ Avoid contact with bats, if bitten/scratched seek medical care urgently (see Rabies blog)

Peru (including Inca Trail)

Peru is located in South America and is home to a section of the Amazon rainforest and Machu Picchu. The region around Machu Picchu includes the Sacred Valley, Inca Trail and colonial city of Cusco.

Kokoda Track

Peru Illness Risks

◊ Risk of GastroenteritisHIGH
◊ Risk of Mosquito borne illnesses – HIGH
◊ Risk of Rabies – YES
◊ Risk of Yellow Fever – YES
◊ Risk of Altitude Illness
◊ Malaria – PRESENT in some areas of Peru

REQUIRED VACCINATION
◊ Vaccination for Yellow Fever

GENERAL PRE-TRAVEL CARE:
◊ You should be up to date with Tetanus Vaccine
◊ Consider taking an adequate first-aid / medical kit in the event of sickness whilst overseas

Topics to discuss with doctor

GASTROENTERITIS:
◊ Water = tap water is unsafe – read our Blog on Contaminated Water to learn about safe water supplies
◊ Vaccines for Hepatitis A, Typhoid
◊ Hand sanitiser, see our diarrhoea blog for details

RISK OF MOSQUITO BORNE ILLNESSES:
Vaccination for Yellow Fever is required
◊ Take tropical strength repellent and follow mosquito precautions – view our Blog on Mosquito borne diseases.
◊ Tablets to reduce the chance of malaria – Antimalarial Medication

CONSIDER VACCINATIONS FOR:
◊ Rabies, Tetanus, Influenza, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella & Pertussis.

**You may require tablets to reduce chance of Altitude Illness if travelling to altitude**

RISK OF RABIES:
◊ Avoid contact with dogs (and other land mammals and bats), if bitten/scratched seek medical care urgently (see Rabies blog)

India

India is located in South Asia and is the seventh-largest country by area and the second most populated country in the world.

Kokoda Track

India Illness Risks

◊ Risk of GastroenteritisHIGH
◊ Risk of Mosquito borne illnesses – HIGH
◊ Risk of Rabies – YES
◊ Malaria – PRESENT in some parts of India

GENERAL PRE-TRAVEL CARE:
◊ You should be up to date with Tetanus Vaccine
◊ Consider taking an adequate first-aid / medical kit in the event of sickness whilst overseas

Topics to discuss with doctor

GASTROENTERITIS:
◊ Water = tap water is unsafe – read our Blog on Contaminated Water to learn about safe water supplies
◊ Vaccines for Hepatitis A, Typhoid
◊ Hand sanitiser, see our diarrhoea blog for details

RISK OF MOSQUITO BORNE ILLNESSES:
◊ Take tropical strength repellent and follow mosquito precautions – view our Blog on Mosquito borne diseases.
◊ Tablets to reduce the chance of malaria – Antimalarial Medication
◊  Vaccine for Japanese Encephalitis

CONSIDER VACCINATIONS FOR:
◊ Rabies, Tetanus, Influenza, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella & Pertussis.

RISK OF RABIES:
◊ Avoid contact with dogs (and other land mammals such as monkeys and bats), if bitten/scratched seek medical care urgently (see Rabies blog)



Nepal (Including Himalaya Trekking)

Nepal is located between India and Tibet and is known for its temples and the Himalayan mountains, including Mt Everest.

Kokoda Track

Nepal Illness Risks

◊ Risk of GastroenteritisHIGH
◊ Risk of Mosquito borne illnesses – HIGH in low areas
◊ Risk of Rabies – YES
◊ Risk of Altitude Illness
◊ Malaria – PRESENT in some parts of Nepal

GENERAL PRE-TRAVEL CARE:
◊ You should be up to date with Tetanus Vaccine
◊ Consider taking an adequate first-aid / medical kit in the event of sickness whilst overseas

Topics to discuss with doctor

GASTROENTERITIS:
◊ Water = tap water is unsafe – read our Blog on Contaminated Water to learn about safe water supplies
◊ Vaccines for Hepatitis A, Typhoid
◊ Hand sanitiser, see our diarrhoea blog for details

RISK OF MOSQUITO BORNE ILLNESSES:
◊ Take tropical strength repellent and follow mosquito precautions – view our Blog on Mosquito borne diseases.
◊ Tablets to reduce the chance of malaria – Antimalarial Medication
◊  Vaccine for Japanese Encephalitis

CONSIDER VACCINATIONS FOR:
◊ Rabies, Tetanus, Influenza, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella & Pertussis.

**You may require tablets to reduce chance of Altitude Illness if travelling to altitude**

RISK OF RABIES:
◊ Avoid contact with dogs (and other land mammals and bats), if bitten/scratched seek medical care urgently (see Rabies blog)

 

Southern Africa

Southern Africa is located in the southernmost region of the continent and includes several countries such as South Africa, Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe

Kokoda Track

Southern Africa Illness Risks

◊ Risk of GastroenteritisHIGH
◊ Risk of Mosquito borne illnesses – HIGH
◊ Risk of Rabies – YES
◊ Malaria – PRESENT in some areas

GENERAL PRE-TRAVEL CARE:
◊ You should be up to date with Tetanus Vaccine
◊ Malaria is present in some areas, Antimalarial Tablets may be recommended
◊ Consider taking an adequate first-aid / medical kit in the event of sickness whilst overseas
◊ Yellow Fever vaccination is generally not required. NB: if travelling through other Yellow Fever Countries it may be required

Topics to discuss with doctor

GASTROENTERITIS:
◊ Water = tap water is unsafe – read our Blog on Contaminated Water to learn about safe water supplies
◊ Vaccines for Hepatitis A, Typhoid
◊ Hand sanitiser, see our diarrhoea blog for details

RISK OF MOSQUITO BORNE ILLNESSES:
◊ Take tropical strength repellent and follow mosquito precautions – view our Blog on Mosquito borne diseases.
◊ Tablets to reduce the chance of malaria – Antimalarial Medication

CONSIDER VACCINATIONS FOR:
◊ Rabies, Tetanus, Influenza, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella & Pertussis.

RISK OF RABIES:
◊ Avoid contact with dogs (and other land mammals such as monkeys and bats), if bitten/scratched seek medical care urgently (see Rabies blog)



Vietnam

Vietnam is located on the South China Sea in Southeast Asia and known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities.

Kokoda Track

Vietnam Illness Risks

◊ Risk of GastroenteritisHIGH
◊ Risk of Mosquito borne illnesses – HIGH
◊ Risk of Rabies – YES
◊ Malaria – PRESENT in some parts of Vietnam

GENERAL PRE-TRAVEL CARE:
◊ You should be up to date with Tetanus Vaccine
◊ Malaria is present in some areas, Antimalarial Tablets may be recommended
◊ Consider taking an adequate first-aid / medical kit in the event of sickness whilst overseas

Topics to discuss with doctor

GASTROENTERITIS:
◊ Water = tap water is unsafe – read our Blog on Contaminated Water to learn about safe water supplies
◊ Vaccines for Hepatitis A, Typhoid
◊ Hand sanitiser, see our diarrhoea blog for details

RISK OF MOSQUITO BORNE ILLNESSES:
◊ Take tropical strength repellent and follow mosquito precautions – view our Blog on Mosquito borne diseases.
◊ Tablets to reduce the chance of malaria – Antimalarial Medication
◊  You may require the Vaccine for Japanese Encephalitis

CONSIDER VACCINATIONS FOR:
◊ Rabies, Tetanus, Influenza, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella & Pertussis.

RISK OF RABIES:
◊ Avoid contact with dogs (and other land mammals such as monkeys and bats), if bitten/scratched seek medical care urgently (see Rabies blog)



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