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Typhoid Vaccination

Written by Dr Diana Gillatt, Tanunda Medical Centre

 

So what is Typhoid Fever and where is it a problem?

Typhoid is a nasty bacterial infection you contract from contaminated food or drink, sometimes even from dust.. You would develop a fever, headache, tiredness, general aches, a rash and abdominal pain with upset bowels. It can be mistaken for malaria or other tropical illnesses. Often Typhoid will be serious enough to land you in hospital.

It tends to occur in countries with warm climates and that have poorer sanitation standards for their water and sewerage.  Your travel doctor will let you know if your planned trip will put you at risk of catching Typhoid.

Worldwide millions of cases still occur every year, and many thousands of people die. So it’s a good thing to avoid!

Vaccination is recommended, and there are different options, some vaccination can be given orally instead of by injection..

Protection from vaccination takes a couple of weeks to build up to it’s full effect so you need to seek medical advice ideally 6 weeks before departure..

 

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Walking the Camino

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Carmel Limpus RN based in Ipswich

IT’S JUST A BIG LONG WALK!

During September 2017 I walked the Camino de Santiago or the Way of St James from France, over the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

I stumbled across the idea of a pilgrimage walk a couple of years ago when my Mother and the ‘Godmother’ took me to the movies to see a documentary on it.  I walked out of that theatre and thought – ‘ if those old dudes can do it, so can I’.

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Yellow Fever; To Boost or Not to boost…That is the question!

David Rutherford – TMA member Fremantle

Yellow Fever remains as relevant to travellers today as it was back in the 1700’s when it was first described. The history of the illness is fascinating.

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Bairnsdale Ulcer

Dr Andrew Karamesinis  : TMA member based in Mt Eliza, Victoria

Travellers love to come and visit Victoria, Australia,  and in particular the picturesque Mornington Peninsula.

They usually have a great time, but very occasionally it is possible to take home an unwanted souvenir in the form of a persistent skin ulcer.

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Patagonia and Punta Arenas

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Dr Leo Foong TMA member in Rockingham WA

Bucket lists are there to be crossed and this I have done after getting to visit Santiago for a week and the Patagonian region and then to Punta Arenas to fly to King George Island (thereby escaping the emetic Drake Passage) for an Antarctic Cruise.

Patagonia is a region encompassing the vast southernmost tip of South America and shared by Argentina and Chile. The Andes mountains divides the two countries and forms a geographic boundary. On the Chilean side there are temperate rainforests and glacial fjords.

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Icebergs, Penguins and Remoteness

Dr Michael Tooth TMA member in Hobart

It is fair to say that anyone with the travel bug will have a wish list. For me the number one has always been Antarctica; certainly since I was 10 years old.
The very thought of icebergs, penguins, seals, and most of all its remoteness, has had me under its spell for a long time.
But you know how it is, work, family, commitments, finances all complicate life and so the warmer climes have held sway. Until now!

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Family travel

Dr Matthew Cardone – Doctor from Tweed Heads  

My family and I travel regularly to an island in South West Fiji called Tavarua. It’s a magic island, shaped like a love heart. Tavarua is primarily set up for surfers. It is close to not one but two world-class reef breaks nearby – drawing surfers from around the world. The most famous surf break “Cloudbreak” is home to the Fiji leg of the World Surfing Tour. The island is a fantastic destination for families, with idyllic white sand beaches, great for snorkelling, the coral is astounding. The reef fish are beautiful. The water is warm. The dolphins are friendly and the fishing is fantastic. The only thing better than the place is the people. Never have I experienced a happier, warmer and kinder culture.

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Anti Cancer needle

Dr Dimitri Andropov – TMA member in Darwin  

This year the Australian Government has announced a new and improved version of the ‘cervical cancer vaccine’.  This vaccine will be available free to all 12 and 13-year-old students.  But what is this anti-cancer vaccine and how does it work

 

The earlier versions of the vaccine were first introduced to students in Australia in 2007 to help protect against some types of the Human Papilloma Virus, commonly known by the three letters: HPV

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Travelling with Kids

Dr Douglas Randell, TMA Member in Canberra

 

The thought of travelling with kids may provoke anxiety for many parents, but well-planned trips are very safe. While travel immunisation is essential, kids are more likely to be injured in accidents, than they are to become sick with serious infections. It is well worth putting some time into considering risks and accident prevention prior to travel.

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The real risk from terrorism

Dr Messieh  Burnie TMA 

After the brutal attack on Brussells on the 22nd March 2016, and Paris in November 15, it is helpful to put the risks of these attacks into perspective. The risk of dying from a terror attack is still very small.

It’s estimated that the risk of dying in a terror attack is in the vicinity of  1 in 20 million. To put that into context:

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