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I have a pre-existing medical condition, will I be able to get travel insurance?
A lot of insurers offer insurance if you have a pre-existing medical condition. It is a good idea to get travel insurance for your health, especially if you have a medical condition that may require you to …
I'm going to be travelling overseas, what vaccinations do I need?
Your doctor will advise you which travel vaccines are right for you, based on where you will be travelling, how long you will be there and your current health status. .
How soon before I travel should I get vaccinated?
It is generally recommended to get vaccinated at least 6 to 8 weeks before starting your travel, to give your body enough time to respond and build up immunity. Certain vaccines require multiple doses, so you may have to plan your …
What is an endemic area?
An endemic area is a place where an infection is common to a particular region or community.
What is an epidemic?
An epidemic is an outbreak of disease that has an unexpectedly high rate of death or illness.
What do I do if I get sick after I return from my trip?
It is a good idea to see your doctor to determine if your illness may have resulted from your trip. It is very important if you have been to an area with malaria that if you develop a fever within a few months of returning, you …
I just found out on short notice that I have to travel, should I still see my doctor?
It is a good idea to see your doctor even at short notice before your travels. Their advice will be of help and some vaccines may provide rapid protection.
How long will my travel vaccines last?
How long immunity lasts depends on the vaccine and the individual. If you are travelling to the same region a number of years after a past trip for which you were vaccinated, speak to your doctor about whether or not you need a booster shot.
About this article
Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 06 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Travel medical assessment