85 South St, Beaconsfield WA 6162

Faq

Can I pop in and 'pick up a kit'?

We have a range of non-prescription travel health products, including first aid kits that you are able to purchase over the counter. Our specialised self-treatment kits however contain prescription medications so you need an appointment with one our doctors in order to purchase one. To do this you will need to phone ahead and make an appointment.

Does using Travel Health Plus mean that I am charged more?

Just the opposite. Over the years there have been many patients who, having seen their regular doctor prior to previous trips, tell us they wish they had come to us sooner. Using the expertise and experience of Travel Health Plus saves you money and time – you only get what’s needed, at competitive prices, all under the one roof. Consultation fees are partially and in some cases fully rebatable through Medicare and most private health funds offer rebates on vaccination costs, depending on your cover.

How far ahead of my trip should I make an appointment?

6-8 weeks before you travel is a good time to have an appointment with one of our doctors. But it’s never ‘too late’. If you are travelling sooner than that, make an appointment as soon as possible. We do offer after hours and Saturday morning appointments. These are highly sought after and fill up early, so don’t leave it until the last minute, in order to avoid disappointment.

Can I drink alcohol and/or exercise after having a vaccine?

We get asked this question a lot. The simple answer is yes but suggest you read on [More]

How do I get rabies post exposure treatment after being bitten or scratched by a mammal overseas?

It’s important you seek treatment as soon as possible if you haven’t already. If you started your course overseas, it is also important you keep to the schedule of treatment. The good news is that the WA Health Department currently provide rabies post exposure vaccines free in most instances, but you need to see a doctor in order for them to organise it for you.

Our staff are very experienced with rabies post exposure treatment. The clinic has rabies vaccines on hand at all time, and often rabies immunoglobulin too, but you do need to make an appointment. If you are already mid  schedule, don’t leave it until the day you require the vaccine to give us a call.

Be aware that due to there being no rabies in Australia, emergency departments in WA usually don’t have rabies vaccines on hand. If you present to a hospital they will usually refer you on (often to us).

How do vaccines work?

Vaccines contain a tiny amount of protein from a particular virus or bacteria which stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies against the illness. These antibodies remain in the immune system’s memory for varying lengths of time and attack the organism if and when you become exposed.

Can too many vaccines overload or suppress the natural immune system?

No. A vaccine covering six different diseases is routinely given to all babies at 2, 4 and 6 months of age for example.
Vaccines are just one of an enormous number of substances (antigens) that all adults and children routinely confront in day to day life that cause their immune system to respond in various ways to protect the body.

Do vaccines cause disease?

Some studies in the past have suggested a link between vaccinations and certain medical conditions, such as asthma, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and autism. The allegations of a link are often made for a disease of unknown cause. The appearance of a certain medical condition after vaccination does not necessarily imply that they are causally related. In most cases, subsequent studies have indicated that the association is due to chance alone. The Measles, Mumps, Rubella / Autism myth has been completely debunked by such studies. Importantly, once an issue is raised, it needs prompt research, and if no association is found then discussion and education is required to avoid propagating a myth.

What if I think I have caught 'something nasty' whilst on my trip?

If you have been ill whilst away or become unwell shortly after returning from an overseas trip, you should contact us as soon as possible straight away. You don’t need to be an existing patient.
For the health of our staff and other patients, please make sure you phone ahead to make a booking. It happens rarely, but if we suspect you might have an infectious disease we will take steps to reduce contact with as many people in the clinic as possible as a precaution until one of our doctors has assessed you.

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