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Recommended Immunization before Travelling to Australia

Our objective at Centrepointe Medical Consultants is to keep you healthy during the most enjoyable times of your life. Whether you’re travelling alone or with your family, falling sick has no place on your Australian to-do list! Contact our immunization centre in Ottawa to learn more about protecting your health while you’re abroad.

The list of vaccines recommended for those travelling to Australia includes:

  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Polio
  • Influenza
  • Malaria

Japanese Encephalitis

Japanese encephalitis is endemic in Asia, Southeast Asia and the eastern area of Russia, with cases also occurring in Australia. It can lead to death in 30% of cases and neuropsychiatric sequelae in 50% of survivors.


Wild Poliovirus was eradicated in the Western Hemisphere in 1991. However, an outbreak of vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 occurred in the Dominican Republic and Haiti in July 2001.

Reservoir countries in Africa and Asia include Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Angola, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan and Tajikistan. Cases of polio also occur in Australia.


Influenza is a contagious disease caused by a virus. This disease is an airborne disease that can spread through droplets from an infected person. Influenza is high risk for seniors or for people with other illnesses, such as heart or lung disease.

Influenza can be contracted in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Australia.


Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite. People with malaria often experience fever, chills, and flu-like illness. Left untreated, they may develop severe complications and die. Each year, 350-500 million cases of malaria occur in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Australia and Europe, and over one million people die. Most of them are young children in sub-Saharan Africa.