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22 FIT&WELL Recommended vaccinations • Yellow fever vaccine is compulsory for parts of Africa and South America. • Meningitis vaccine is compulsory for Saudi Arabia at time of the Hajj. • Hepatitis-A, hepatitis-B, typhoid and rabies vaccinations may also be recommended for travel to the developing world. • For travel to high-risk areas you may need meningitis, Japanese encephalitis, tick-borne encephalitis or cholera vaccines. Receive 10% off HCF Travel Insurance HCF members receive a 10% discount on both domestic and international policies. See hcf.com.au/travelinsurance, visit your nearest branch or call 13 13 34. HCF Travel Insurance is issued by QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited (ABN 78 003 191 035, AFSL 239545). Consider the Financial Services Guide and the Product Disclosure Statement available at hcf.com.au/travelinsurance before deciding to buy or continue to hold this product. In an ideal world Australians would start taking steps to protect their health when travelling long before they even pack their suitcases. "Overseas travel can come with some health risks, so prepare in advance. Planning about four to six weeks out is good," says Dr Tony Gherardin from Melbourne's Travel Doctor clinic. "That gives you time to get medical advice and vaccinations if they are needed. If you need medications they can be tested for side effects before you go. But if you are travelling sooner than this there are still steps you can take to reduce your risk of illness." Key points to consider when preparing for a trip are where you are going, what kinds of activities you will be doing and what standard of travel and accommodation you will be using -- are you staying in five-star resorts or backpacking, for example? People travelling to less developed parts of the world or who have pre-existing health conditions, the elderly and small children can be at greater risk, Dr Gherardin explains. "Drinking dirty water or eating raw food can cause disease. Mosquitoes can transmit diseases like dengue fever and malaria, and there are also tick-borne diseases in some parts of the world," he says. Smart shots Your doctor may recommend topping up missed routine vaccinations, such as flu and tetanus and, for younger travellers, measles. "Beyond that there are recommended vaccines and special vaccines depending on where you are going and how long you are travelling for," he says. "Some vaccines are also a requirement of international travel and you will need a certificate proving you have had a certain vaccine to get into a country and return home from that country." You also need to stock up on routine prescription medications for the time you are away. It is also wise to put together a mini first-aid travel kit with: • insect repellent and malaria drugs (if applicable) • medication to prevent motion or altitude sickness • drugs to manage traveller’s diarrhoea • electrolyte sachets or tablets to treat dehydration • water purifcation tablets • bandaids and wound dressings • antiseptic liquid or spray • cold and fu tablets • pain-relief products. FITT0FLY If you are travelling overseas make sure your immunisations and medications are in order.
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