The Health Service is a Yellow Fever Accredited Practice.
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Is this really important and won’t they increase the cost of my overseas travel?
Immunisations are designed to help protect you against harmful infections. They work by producing an immune response within your body to build a resistance against specific diseases. These diseases can cause serious health issues during and after your trip. Some infectious diseases cause death, and chronic long term ill health.
Some diseases that we can immunise you against at the Health Service include diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, measles, mumps and rubella, typhoid, hepatitis A and B, rabies, influenza, cholera, yellow-fever, chicken-pox, and doctors can advise and order malaria tablets if required.
Our doctors can determine which vaccines you require before travelling to different countries. It is important to make an appointment with one of the doctors as early as possible, by doing this you may save yourself unnecessary inconvenience, and if you are uncertain about whether you have received some or all of the required vaccines a blood test can be done to determine if you already have protection against certain diseases. Please bring any document relating to immunization history along with you to the appointment. We will provide you with a travel booklet documenting all vaccines you receive with us, this empowers you when planning future trips and you are no longer a student at Swinburne University.
If you commence a course of vaccines at the Health Service we will send you a reminder of consequent appointments to help you complete your course.
The costs of our vaccines are priced modest compared to other travel doctors, as we are aware of students’ incomes. No hidden charges will apply and credit/EFT transactions are available for your convenience. All vaccines are kept in stock at the Health Service and no extra fees are charged for the travel consultation.
You can also follow the link below for information about disease and countries where they are found: www.cdc.gov/travel/
Travelling to new and foreign countries can be very exciting, but sometimes a challenging experience. Many countries have very different situations to Australia. The hospital system may be quite different to what you are familiar with. The sanitation provided in some countries is often inadequate leaving you at greater risk of infection and disease. It is important to be prepared with appropriate supplies whilst travelling.
At Swinburne University Health Service we have experienced doctors and nurses who can discuss your needs and direct you to suitable supplies of products including our travel health packs.
For more information on travel tips you may also refer to the following website: www.smartraveller.gov.au/tips/travelwell.html
For students with iPhones who are travelling overseas with their phone, there is an app called ‘TRAVEL HEALTH’. This allows users to readily access information on the management of many common travellers’ health problems, (from minor to significant). It has easy to follow menus. It doesn’t require internet connection, adds no weight to your luggage and only costs a few doctors.
Malaria is prevalent in many countries where university students travel. It is spread by mosquitoes and can be difficult to avoid without malaria medication (tablets). A consultation with one of our doctors will determine if you will be at risk and need a prescription.
The Health Service has some medication/kits available for you to purchase to help keep you safe whilst away from home. Some of these medications include Imodium for diarrhoea, Gastrolyte for re-hydration, Paracetamol for pain relief. Sometimes sleeping tablets may be ordered and preventative antibiotics. A consultation with the doctor will determine if you need additional medications.
If you have a chronic illness and require repeat prescriptions the doctor can arrange for larger prescription issues, this should be mentioned in your consultation with the doctor. If you are taking prescription medication on an ongoing basis the doctor can provide you with a letter to alert authorities to prevent embarrassing delays at foreign destinations.