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I am going over seas for the first time ever in my life… what needles do I have to get? What if something happens how do I get help etc.. Thank you

Do I need any immunisations for going overseas?

Posted by mom57808, 15th December 2014

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  • A doctor will be able to tell you what vaccinations you need, if any.

  • Depends on were your going you probably will need it. It would be better if you see a dr & ask there

  • Depends where you are going. Your GP can advise you.
    I was on a cruise to Vanuatu and New Calendonia, and its advised that you receive 3 types of vaccinations for malaria, and something else…. but I was pregnant at that time, so actually could not be vaccinated.

  • It depends where you are going but I would be asking my doctor and checking smarttraveller.gov.au

  • Depends where you are going.

  • Check with the Royal Childrens hospital or a travel clinic.

  • It’s best to see ur gp as some places will need immunizations and others don’t. Also they can give you any tips of what you might need while overseas Medical wiSe. Have a great time.

  • we are going to brazil and other countys leave 2 weeks… you beauty

  • As others have said, it depends where you are going. Its good to know if the countries you are going to have reciprocal arrangements with medicare (I know Italy does, but I don’t know if other countries do). Medicare in Australia will be able to tell you. and pack Gastrostop with you for anywhere you go. Also make sure you get travel insurance and understand what you are covered for. Have a wonderful trip!


  • Where are you going to?

  • talk to your GP about what needles she recommends and then make sure you get travel insurance in order to be safe and secure if an accident happens overseas

  • How did you go with the immunisations? Would love to know! :)

  • Print your itinerary including hotel details and leave a copy with a friend or family so they know how to contact you in an emergency. If you’re taking your mobile phone make sure that it’s set up for international roaming and that you understand the charges as these can be huge. It can be much easier buying a prepaid sim on arrival at your holiday destination depending on your location and length of stay. If you’re taking your phone save details of your local Australian embassy, travel insurer ( including a local contact number in your holiday country if available) and your hotel address and phone number – sometimes I’ve been in taxis and had trouble explaining my destination to the driver and we’ve had to call the hotel from the cab.
    If you can checkin online for flights it makes things faster at the airport as most airlines have desks for quick baggage drop offs.
    Once at your hotel carry their business card with you so you have their contact details if you do get stuck somewhere or need it to explain your destination to a taxi driver.
    I hope that you have a great holiday!

  • It will depend upon what country you are going to. Contact your travel agent, immigration or you may find answers from your browser.
    Leave enough time before you depart for the immunizations to be effective.
    I suggest you invest in travel insurance. It is worth every cent if you by chance become ill or have an accident while you are away, it will also cover you for if you have to change your flight arrangements because of medical reasons. It also covers you for luggage loss.
    Depending on how long you are going to be away for and where you are going, carry as least amount of luggage as you can. I suggest cabin baggage only. Then you can buy what you need and leave it behind before you return. If you make large purchases, post it home instead of bringing it. Or you may like to buy a large suitcase to bring things home. If you have medication, get a letter from your doctor stating the medications and what they are for and keep copies of everything. Declare everything as you go through customs. Carry as least amount of cash as you can. Never leave your passport out of your sight. You can buy a small passport carry bag from travel shops and it is on a cord around your neck. If you only carry a back pack cabin size, you can keep your passport, boarding pass, luggage keys, documents and small cash in this and tuck in inside your clothing. Back packs are great because they keep you hands free. You will be surprised at what you can fit into a cabin sized back pack. Small toiletry pack, with small containers, if you wish or buy when you arrive. Place each full change of clothes into large zip lock bags, then express out the air and seal. Have changes of socks and extra pair of shoes and on the flights, wear sandles, your feet swell on long flights and you have to remove shoes at departure and entry. Carry a microfiber towel they are very absorbent and dry quickly. Carry some baby wet wipes and a hand sanitizer and use it often. If you are going to where you may not have safe drinking water, invest in a water purifier bottle than you can run contaminated water through. Be careful of what you eat and where it is prepared. Pay attention to cabin announcements and on long flights drink loads of water, get up and walk about often and exercise your feet a lot. I often have a Minni simple Simon games with kids and some parents during flights! Carry a good moisturizer and a lip balm as your skin dries out quickly on long flights. Read all the small print on everything. I have traveled alone extensively and I have never had any problems. You have a voice, use it and ask for help if you need it. Fellow travelers are very helpful as are staff. A few days before you depart, contact the airline and request they block you some seats so you can lay down. If the flight is not full, these are yours to stretch out and sleep comfortably. Or bulk head seats are good I have slept on the floor in front of bulk head seats. You might like to carry a light blanket and cushion then you can pop down on the airport floor departure lounges and have a nap in comfort. With your carry on cabin luggage, also take a large light carry bag, for pillow, cushion, magazines etc.

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