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Vaccines needed for Australia

Vaccinations for Australia

There are no mandatory shots required to enter Australia.

It is always worth having a Tetanus/Diphtheria shot done if one has not been given in the past 10 years. Doing the shot now will provide 10 years of Tetanus protection and means that in the event of a cut, it will not be necessary to look for a Tetanus shot.

If a traveller is stopping off in South East Asia while going to or returning from Australia, it is a good idea to get a shot done to cover Hepatitis A/typhoid.

The risk of Rabies in Australia is virtually nil. The risk is Hepatitis B is extremely small.

Additional vaccinations for South East Asia to cover Hepatitis B and Rabies should be considered by travellers planning to:

  • Undertake voluntary work in South East Asia (orphanages, hospices)
  • Spend several weeks in rural or poor regions or South East Asia (e.g Laos, Cambodia, Burma).

Travel to poorer regions implies access to weaker medical back-up in the event of an emergency and increased risk of accidental infection with Hepatitis B through poor medical treatment or the non-availability of Rabies Immune Globulin for the treatment of animal bites in travellers who are not already vaccinated against rabies. Ideally, Rabies vaccine should be commenced 3 or more weeks pre-travel. Hep B vaccine should be commenced at least 3 and ideally at least 5 weeks pre-travel.

Dengue Fever represents a risk in the north of Queensland.

Click here to find out more about vaccines needed for Australia. If you would like to discuss your requirements and book an appointment, you can phone us on (01) 633 49 77, e-mail us, or complete the contact form and we will reply to you.

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