- Malaria is transmitted by a certain type of mosquito. It is a potentially fatal disease present in various regions of the Pacific and Asia. There are many different strains of Malaria dependent on your destination. It is ESSENTIAL that you seek expert advice on prevention and which anti-malaria drug is most suitable for your destination. Also, specifically check with your physician for any drug’s compatibility with diving and possible side effects.
- To prevent mosquito bites wear insect repellent, cover up – particularly at night, refrain from wearing perfume or aftershave, always try and wear light coloured clothing.
- Current immunisation is also recommended against :
– Hepatitis A & B
– Diptheria and Tetanus
– Polio & Typhoid
- Please seek professional advice on requirements for your travel destination from your physician or for further details contact Travel Vax on 1300 360 164.
- In areas where the water supply is questionable for consumption, be sure to drink bottled water, keep your mouth closed in the shower and brush your teeth with bottled water. Avoid ice and salads that may have been made with or washed with the tap water.
- If you develop a case of “Bali Belly” or traveller’s diarrhoea while you are away, it is important not to become dehydrated. Stop eating for 24 hours, but continue to sip bottled water frequently (coconut water or a probiotic drink if you can find one is great too!). It is a good idea to carry some re-hydrating medication with you at all times. If you feel like eating try dry biscuits, unbuttered toast orplain rice. Stay away from dairy products and sugary foods or drinks. If symptoms persist, seek medical advice.
- When travelling in the tropics, the risk of sunburn and dehydration is extreme. Even though there may be cloud cover you can still get very sunburnt. Remember to take plenty of high factor, water resistant sunscreen and slip, slop, slap frequently. If you get sunburnt, avoid the sun for a few days, and make sure that you drink plenty off luids. Also wear a T-shirt / rash shirt in the pool or sea. Be sure to take a hat – or buy one when you arrive. Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids to avoid dehydration.
- If you become sick while travelling and are worried about your health, it is wise to seek medical advice immediately. Most hotel and resort staff or your tour operator will be able to call a local doctor or advise you of the nearest pharmacy or hospital. Ensure you have travel insurance to cover you for any unforeseen medical expenses that may be incurred.
- If you require any special medications, be sure to bring them with you and pack them in your carry-on baggage with a letter from your doctor.
- For travel health advice and medical services plus up-to-date health alerts, visit www.travelvax.com.au