One in three Aussies either do not see a doctor to discuss travel health and vaccination requirements or leave a consultation too close to their departure to receive full protection.
From the infamous Bali Belly to more serious infectious diseases such as meningococcal, staggeringly 85 per cent of Aussie travellers do not fully research and understand the health recommendations for their desired destination.
With, only 43 per cent of Aussies seeking professional medical assistance when travelling to at-risk destinations, travellers must book a consultation with their GP or travel doctor at least six to eight weeks before departure for optimum protection.
The last souvenir healthcare professionals want for their patients is a disease or infection that can make themselves or their whole family ill.
The Immunisation Coalition, Australia’s leading voice in whole-of-life immunisation, is urging healthcare professionals to assist travelling Australians to be proactive in seeking professional advice and taking the necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy throughout their adventures abroad.