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

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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Gardasil 9 vaccination – the 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’.  Gardasil 9 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 first thing to know about the Gardisil vaccine is that it’s not new.  The earlier versions of the Gardasil 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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Kokoda… 75th Anniversary.

Dr Judith Kirkwood  TMA member St Kilda Road Melbourne

In the middle of last year, I decided I needed a new challenge, and had always wanted to know more about the war in PNG, and just what the Kokoda Track was all about. I had been chatting with the CEO of Beyond Blue and when I was later reading her bio, I came across their fundraising page. To raise mental health awareness, Beyond Blue was running a trip to do the Kokoda Track. I chose the date in 2017 that departed on my birthday, and that also meant we would be on the track for ANZAC day, so I signed up there and then. I managed to talk my dad into doing it with me.

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What vaccines should I get to travel to Peru?

Dr Simon Thatcher  Health HQ Southport

Most travellers have heard Yellow Fever vaccine is compulsory to enter Australia after Peru. While not compulsory, it is recommended. Yellow fever vaccination is required to cross borders to many other South American countries you may visit. It is also one of the haemorrhagic viruses (like Ebola) with a high fatality rate, so if you are going to the Yellow Fever areas of Peru it will be recommended whether you need it for customs or not.

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Diving Safety Tips

Dr Kelvin Balakrishnan – Ballajura

Palau is an archipelago of about 200 islands in Micronesia, east of the Philippines, with a population of about 20, 000. Although there are many things to see and do in Palau, it is known for its scuba diving. (It was reported as one of Jacques Cousteau’s favourite dive sites in the world. )  I was lucky enough to go to Palau and spend a week diving.

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