Traveling to Australia can be an exciting experience, but it's important to make sure you are aware of any health considerations before you go. Vaccines and medications are recommended for unvaccinated travelers under 60 years of age. Currently, yellow fever does not pose a risk in Australia, but travelers coming from (or passing through) high-risk countries must have a yellow fever vaccination certificate.
Hepatitis Ais a viral infection that can be spread through contaminated food or water supplies.
Japanese encephalitis is a viral infection that is transmitted by mosquitoes and may be recommended to travelers visiting certain rural areas.
Tetanusis a type of bacteria found in soil and animal manure and can pass through open wounds, so it may be recommended that you get a booster dose before you go.
Rabiesis a serious viral infection found in bats in Australia, but other animals can also carry the virus. If you intend to participate in outdoor activities that could put you in contact with bats, getting vaccinated against rabies may be recommended.
Infants aged 6 to 11 months traveling abroad should receive 1 dose of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine before traveling. The hepatitis B vaccine may also be recommended if you haven't received it before traveling to Australia. It's important to prepare for any pre-existing health conditions you have and use the Healthy Travel Baggage List for Australia for a list of health-related items to consider packing for your trip. If you have questions or concerns about vaccines for traveling to Australia, talk to your GP or visit MASTA Travel Health for more information.
The International Road Travel Association has country-specific road trip reports available for most countries for a minimum fee. By taking the time to research health considerations before traveling to Australia, you can ensure that your trip is safe and enjoyable. Make sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider about any vaccinations or medications you may need before your trip, as well as any other health-related items you should bring with you.