There’s no better feeling than looking forward to a holiday. Well actually there is – being on holiday.
What many of us didn’t know, is that the tropical destinations we are so fond of travelling to are actually known as at-risk destinations. This means they have a known risk of infectious diseases, where things like vaccinations and various other precautions are recommended.
In fact – of the top 10 countries Australians are travelling to, seven are considered at-risk. This includes Indonesia (which has experienced five times more Aussie arrivals over the last 10 years!), Thailand, Japan, India, China, Singapore and Fiji.
A 2015 report showed that one in four Australians travelling to at-risk destinations fell ill on their last trip, with 43 per cent needing to seek medical assistance while overseas.
Of those Aussies who got sick on their last trip, 49 per cent believe they caught something from eating and drinking.
If you’ve ever had Bali belly, you know it’s an experience nobody wants to repeat. Ever. Ever ever. And Bali belly isn’t the only illness – Typhoid, Traveller’s diarrhoea, salmonella and hepatitis A are just some of the infections that can picked up from contaminated food and drink.