Carlingford Court Medical Centre is your one stop
travel health clinic.
All doctors are experienced in all travel health matters and
can offer you great advice and support for all your travel
plans for your entire family.
We suggest you make an appointment with your
doctor, and bring your travel itinerary with you.
The vaccines themselves are not covered under Medicare,
however all GP’s in the centre Bulk Bill for their services.
Tips for travellers to think about
• Remember that most diseases are preventable so know your destination so you have the right vaccines, treatments and education to prevent them.
• Food and water borne diseases can be minimized by following a few precautions:
• Avoid food that is washed or made up from local water supplies
• Eat food that can be peeled
• Only eat freshly cooked food, not food that has been sitting at a buffet or reheated.
These are tips that will also greatly aide in the prevention of Traveller’s diarrhea.
• Avoid salads, uncooked vegetables, unpasteurized milk and milk products such as cheese, yoghurt and ice cream.
• Drink bottled water with tamper proof seal, sealed cans of soft drink are ok. If boiling water, boil for at least 1minute or purify with cleansing tablets before drinking or washing food.
• No ice cubes in yours drinks, it could still be local water.
• Avoid seafood that is raw or uncooked
• Be careful of food purchased from street vendors.
• Prevent mosquito borne diseases by using appropriate avoidance measures as follows: *Medication ie: antibiotics used to prevent malaria such as doxycillin or malarone
• Know your mossies. Malaria mossies bite at night.
• Dengue fever and Chikungunya mossies bite during the day.
• Wear cotton long sleeve shirt and pants that are well tucked in as all mossies are attracted to dark clothing.
• Mossies are attracted to perfumes and strong scents.
• Ensure you have well screened/sealed accommodation. If sleeping outdoors use nets preferably impregnated with permethrin.
• Use tropical repellents on all bare skin, particularly ankles and feet. Tropical repellents are used to repell most biting insects. Any repellent containing 30-35% DEET(N,N-diethylmetatoluamide) will provide 8-12hrs protection from: Mossies, sandflies, midges, ticks, bed bugs and leeches. Read recommendations on each brand prior to use. Some are not to used with children or pregnant women.
Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes prior to repellent.
Avoid patting or attracting wild dogs, bats and monkeys. If bitten seek medical attention ASAP.
Rabies is common in Asia, Africa and South America. Because of this there are many treatment centers located overseas for this.