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Japanese encephalitis (JE) is a dangerous disease in Asia Travellers sometimes need JE vaccination if they are going to visit a JE risk area. The most commonly used Japanese Encephalitis vaccine is very effective and lasts for life but costs $200- $300. As the disease is rare, many travellers do not get the vaccine as it […]

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Q&A about Covid Vaccine

March 29th, 2021

    Is the COVID vaccine mandatory? No – you can choose whether or not you wish to have a COVID vaccine, and you can also decide when you want to have it.   If you choose not to have a COVID-19 vaccine, your eligibility for Government payments won’t be affected. It is unclear if […]

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COVID test pre travel Brisbane

December 7th, 2020

Do you need a COVID test pre-travel in Brisbane? Some airlines need a COVID nasal swab/PCR test before you can get on the plane, or arrive in a country, Some countries require a blood test as well. Sometimes a letter is required in addition to documenting that you have no symptoms of COVID – a […]

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Might you have to take drugs to modify your immune system? Might you like to go travelling to Africa later in your life? You might need to have vaccines NOW before you start – those vaccines will last for life There are some drugs that may change the way the immune system works. Sometimes the […]

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  Did you know that childcare work could be putting the health of workers, and the health of their family and friends at risk? For example: Hepatitis A is a very contagious virus that is known to spread in childcare settings, but many childcare workers are not covered. There are two main types of Hepatitis – known as A […]

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Have you had intradermal (ID) rabies vaccine in our clinic more than 5 years ago? If so, we need your help. Would you volunteer a little of your blood to help advance travel medicine knowledge?. It is terribly sad that we can’t travel anywhere at present due to COVID-19, but I am confident that travel will eventually return […]

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Travel Health in the age of COVID Mandatory Hotel Quarantine is a necessary evil in the fight against this virus but it is hard on the “guests”. Those who read the news and think – oh that looks OK…. two weeks in a luxury hotel…. how bad can that be?  Well, it’s not completely like […]

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Dr Deb Mills I travelled from Dunedin NZ to Brisbane on 10th July 2020. At that time there were no reported cases of community transmission of the new coronavirus in New Zealand so I considered I was more likely to get infected on the flight than bring the disease into Australia. I did not know how […]

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Whooping cough (a.k.a. pertussis) is a dangerous disease that can kill newborn babies – even in civilised countries like Australia.   In the womb, mothers give babies antibodies to many diseases e.g. measles – but not to whooping cough. Furthermore,  whooping cough vaccination cannot be given to babies until 6-8 weeks of age. The vaccine just does not work very well […]

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International Travel Recovery means trekking

We love to travel but WHEN can we go? Aside from everything else, this COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a big spanner in many travel plans.  How long until we have an International Travel Recovery? When can we go? It is likely to take ‘a wee while’ as my Scottish grandma used to say. Of course, it will […]

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