Are you Travelling?

Our doctors and nurses are constantly amazed at the incredible adventures to exotic places East Aucklanders visit. Some of these destinations are remote destinations all over the world – producing unforgettable tales and awesome photos.

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Part of the preparation for adventures to Asia, Africa, South and Central America as well as some Pacific Island destinations should include good travel health advice. Even if you are travelling within New Zealand – you should prepare.

We also advise joining the ConnectMed Patient Portal so that you can access your patient record anywhere in the world 24 hours a day.

It is very useful to have a sound understanding of the destination, the type of holiday you are planning and your underlying health status. A trip to a hotel in Bangkok is completely different to a prolonged backpacking adventure to rural South East Asia for many weeks and requires different types of preparation.

Vaccinations, malaria risk, altitude issues, gastrointestinal issues and a travel health kit should all be considered and documented at a travel health consultation. Some vaccinations require a course of vaccines so it is wise to allow at least six (6) weeks before departure to check what is recommended.

Traveller’s diarrhoea is the most common complaint for remote travellers. Having a good action plan can make a real difference to your trip. Dengue fever is on the increase in many countries. Applying a good insect repellent is the best way to prevent this. The biggest cause of fatalities amongst travellers is motor vehicle accidents, the risk being reduced by good decision making about seat belts, road crossing and using only authorised public transport.

Do consider a travel health consult before your next adventure - it could make for a safer, healthier trip.

Useful websites for you to check are:

For your long term conditions:

To inform your travel plans the following Free sites: