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Vaccinations?!? For Australia, which do I need??

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific Vaccinations?!? For Australia, which do I need??

1. Posted by kelly03 (Budding Member, 10 posts) 24 Sep '08 07:04

I am going to Australia in October, a friend just told me I may need vaccinations??? I am unable to get an appointment with the Travel CLinic until after I leave?! I am leaving from Canada to LA to Australia. I have travelled Europe in March of this year, havent been to any 3rd world Countries............

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin, 5577 posts) 24 Sep '08 08:23

I think it depends on what kind of visa you are going. Tourists and backpackers are usually fine (depending on where they've been), but if you are studying there for a while you have to go through a slightly different process (at least you used to have to!). Even then it was more x-rays than vaccinations that I remember

Just double checked the Australia guide here on TP and it looks like no vaccinations are needed! Probably good to double check though with Australian immigration?

3. Posted by Peter (Admin, 5451 posts) 24 Sep '08 17:33

I've never heard of anyone being vaccinated to come to Australia. Although, I guess it might depend on where in Australia you are going - perhaps some outlying islands or areas in the north might be worthwhile to get a vaccination for. A visit to the doctor is the most prudent if you are at all concerned.

I found a site that lists the vaccinations by country. Here's their entry on Australia

In short, nothing except:

  • Yellow fever: Certificate of vaccination may be required (10 days before travel)
  • Japanese B encephalitis: Vaccination sometimes recommended (1 month before travel)
4. Posted by ToniL (Budding Member, 52 posts) 24 Sep '08 23:31

You only need the Yellow Fever and Jap.B En. vacs. if you have recently visited an infected area. Canada is not on the list. So, rest easily - you dont need any jabs. The previous comment about student vias though is quite correct, but I looked at your profile and you are simply on a working visa.

5. Posted by fussy (Inactive, 208 posts) 26 Sep '08 04:30

There is no harm in updating your tetanus.
Fussy

6. Posted by pinkgirlie (Full Member, 121 posts) 26 Sep '08 10:22

I travelled there from the UK and my doctor said the only injection I needed was Yellow Fever, and only because I was spending 3 days in Singapore on the way. I didn't need any injections for Australia or New Zealand, or Fiji.