Your Vaccination Destination for travel vaccinations
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You wouldn’t take off without fastening your seatbelt, yet many Aussies skip crucial vaccinations before traveling abroad, risking picking up potentially life-threatening diseases from simple holiday activities like dining out, sipping cocktails by the pool, or brushing your teeth.
When you need to get from A to B, Amcal is here to provide the A to Z of travel vaccinations to help keep you and your family safe on your holiday.
Australians are well known for their love of travel and exploring the great outdoors.
Now more than ever, it’s important to protect yourself against infectious diseases you could encounter while travelling that may pose a risk to yourself, your family, and your community.
To travel with confidence, just speak to the team at one of over 200 Amcal pharmacies today.
Why you need an influenza jab to travel
Did you know that the flu is one of the world’s most preventable diseases?1 There are a number of people at higher risk of developing complications from the flu including:
- Adults over 65
- Pregnant women
- People aged 6 months and older with medical conditions such as asthma and other lung conditions
- People with diabetes
- People with impaired immunity, the immunocompromised, and cancer sufferers
People who fall into the high-risk group can receive the influenza vaccine free under the National Immunisation Program (NIP). To get your flu jab before you head off on your next adventure, speak to your friendly Amcal pharmacist.
Don’t let the flu turn your dream holiday into a nightmare
An annual influenza vaccination, as well as a booster, can help ensure your travel plans are not disrupted. Many travelers overlook getting their flu vaccination before traveling, particularly if they're heading off to enjoy warm weather. In reality, you can be struck down by the flu no matter the season. Amcal is here to make sure viruses don’t become an unwanted travel partner on your holiday.
Don’t let flu symptoms catch up with your holiday plans.
Symptoms of influenza typically include fever, dry cough, muscle and joint pain, tiredness and exhaustion as well as headache and sore throat. These symptoms can last 1 to 2 weeks and may even develop into bronchitis, pneumonia, and possible cardiac complications.2
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Meningococcal and travelling
Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection spread by saliva and other respiratory secretions. It can cause symptoms ranging from fever, neck stiffness, headache, light sensitivity to pneumonia, arthritis, conjunctivitis to the distinctive non-blanching rash.
Vaccination is recommended for people travelling to sub-Saharan Africa or attending mass gatherings like traveling to Mecca.
The best prevention against meningococcal disease is to be vaccinated. The meningococcal-C vaccine is available on the National Immunisation schedule to children 12 months of age and older. (Check with your State and Territory Health Department for eligibility).
Tips to tackle travel health risks
- Avoid drinking unbottled water, including when showering or brushing your teeth
- Avoid raw seafood, meats or non-homogenised dairy products
- Avoid or minimise exposure to contaminated medical equipment, like in tattoo parlours or through unregistered dental or medical procedures
- Practice good basic hygiene like thorough hand washing, not sharing drinking cups, and not kissing, all of which could facilitate the spread of disease.
We can help with much more than travel vaccinations.
Our expert Amcal pharmacists can guide you on the best measures to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) if you are taking a long-haul flight, and what simple precautionary steps you can take and complementary therapies may help if you are visiting isolated areas where infectious diseases may be endemic, including:
- Echinacea or Andrographis–may help boost immunity
- Vitamin C–has been shown to reduce the severity and duration of a cold.3
- Probiotics–may reduce the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections and traveller’s diarrhoea
- Zinc–doses of 75mg/day may reduce the duration and symptoms of colds
- Pressure flight socks and stockings – may help improve circulation to assist with DVT prevention
Aside from foods to avoid, we can also recommend antidiarrhoeal medication, insect repellent, sunscreens, rehydration solutions, mosquito nets and repellants, sterile needle and syringe kits, and much more to make sure you’re prepared for life on the road.
Your Vaccination Destination
Consider precautionary vaccinations such as flu, measles and meningococcal, and check with your Amcal pharmacist if you are taking injectables or insulin, or using sleep apnoea devices.
If you’re considering travelling to an exotic location, don’t risk returning with a disease that could have been prevented by having a readily available vaccine. Talk to your Amcal pharmacist to learn which vaccines they can administer, such as influenza, meningococcal, COVID-19 and whooping cough.
Frequently asked questions
As the COVID-19 pandemic has placed tighter vaccination requirements across many international borders, most countries now require documentation with verified vaccination status prior to entry. Services Australia can provide you with an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate which has been designed to meet international travel standards regarding proof of vaccination.
You can request an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate using your Medicare online account or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app. Once you’ve requested your international certificate you can print it, save it, or upload it to a digital wallet or travel app. You may need to show your certificate to your airline or to border authorities when you enter another country as proof that you have received your COVID-19 vaccinations.
Don’t forget Amcal pharmacies are committed to supporting our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, so if you are due for your COVID-19 vaccinations you can book in to select Amcal pharmacies for your AstraZeneca, Moderna, or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations.
Additional vaccination and travel requirements depending on the country visited can be found HERE.
Most vaccines and anti-malarial medications require one to two weeks to trigger an immune response and to offer protection against these serious diseases. Your Amcal pharmacist can offer advice and recommendations, especially if your departure is within the recommended period.
Your Amcal pharmacist may administer some travel vaccines depending on which State or Territory you are in, in addition to COVID-19, influenza, whooping cough (pertussis) and measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). Referral may be recommended for certain destinations requiring specific vaccines. When you need to get from A to B, Amcal is here to provide the A to Z of travel vaccinations to help keep you and your family safe on your holiday.
Some infectious illnesses that aren’t common in Australia are more widespread in other countries and your Amcal pharmacist is here to help you get prepared before you travel. Your Amcal pharmacist can provide expert advice on vaccinations appropriate to your destination which may include yellow fever, hepatitis, meningococcal, polio, or other infectious illnesses.
Make sure that you keep up-to-date with the Department of Health's guidelines around being fully vaccinated before you travel. For more information visit https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines.
Vaccines are rigorously tested and go through many rounds of study, examination, and research before they’re used with the general public. Vaccines have been around for a long time and have proven to be one of the safest and most effective public health interventions in history, saving millions of lives globally every year eradicating diseases like smallpox, and preventing tetanus, polio, and diphtheria. All vaccines can have side effects, which are usually mild, and your pharmacist will talk you through these during your appointment and discuss which vaccines may be appropriate for you.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration’s safety monitoring team of doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and scientists are closely monitoring any reported side effects from vaccines to investigate any safety issues. Up-to-date information regarding vaccine safety and vaccine recommendations can be found here and here.
Your Amcal pharmacist will discuss which vaccines are recommended prior to entry to specific destinations as per the Health Department guidelines, along with exposure risks, taking other precautionary measures, and how to best prepare to avoid any travel disasters. Where certain vaccinations are not part of the National Immunisation Program in pharmacy, your Amcal pharmacist will refer you to a travel vaccination administrator in your area.
Health-safe tips for safe travels!
Don’t forget to bring:
- Your personal essentials and toiletries like nappies or tampons
- A supply of your regular medication
- A water bottle
- The Amcal app
Ditch the big boxes of pills so you can pack that extra sun hat and rest easy knowing you’ve got all the medication you need with our range of medication organisers.
Sounds like a chore? For added peace of mind, why not try an Amcal medication pack? Your Amcal pharmacist can prepare your medicines in a personalised medication pack, organised by the time and frequency prescribed by your doctor. It’s our passion, so leave it to us.
If you are traveling around Australia why not download the Amcal App?
- Store your electronic prescriptions on the app
- ‘Take-My-Meds’, reminding you when to take medications and at what dose.
- Know when you’re about to run out of medication, or when medication is overdue.
Download the Amcal App from the Apple App Store or Google Play