heading overseas, particularly to South East Asia, should ensure they are
vaccinated against deadly diseases and take precautions against other health
cholera, typhoid and malaria prevention, travellers should also be mindful of
the risks of rabies, measles, sexually transmitted infections and polio.
travellers heading overseas should be aware of new risks in South East Asia so
they can take the necessary precautions,” said Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director of
Communicable Diseases at NSW Health.
outbreaks are ongoing in Thailand and the Philippines, and anyone up to 52
years of age who hasn’t had two documented doses of measles vaccine, is
encouraged to get vaccinated before leaving Australia.”
can be obtained free from your GP. Those over 52 are assumed to have immunity
through contracting measles as a child, in pre-vaccination times.
said rabies is a risk in much of Asia, including Bali and now in Sarawak,
Malaysia – an area previously declared free of rabies.
medical care if bitten by an animal anywhere in Asia, and don’t feed monkeys, even
at popular tourists sites, as a bite or a scratch could lead to an expensive
course of vaccinations to prevent rabies,” Dr Sheppeard said.
is a three-dose jab course you can take prior, we normally only recommend this
for people heading away for months, not the casual traveller.”
to New Guinea are reminded of the ongoing polio outbreak – a full course of
polio vaccine and a recent booster is essential for all age groups.
also urges travellers to practice safe sex – Australia had two cases of extensively
drug-resistant gonorrhoea this year, probably from South East Asia.
experiencing a major syphilis outbreak, so use a condom with any casual or new sex
partners overseas, and have an STI screen once you return to Australia.
don't forget to carry your regular medicines in the original packaging with the
label, and take a letter from your doctor or carry the prescription too,” she
more, check out the fact sheet for staying healthy during overseas travel: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/staying-healthy-when-travelling-overseas.aspx