Hepatitis risk and vaccination among Australian travellers overseas

Nicholas A Zwar
Med J Aust 2003; 178 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2003.tb05297.x
Published online: 5 May 2003

To the Editor: Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that Australians make about 3.3 million overseas departures each year.1 Few data are published on the extent to which Australian travellers seek pre-travel health advice, what vaccinations they receive, and what risks they are exposed to during travel.



Travel Health Advisory Group (THAG): Member organisations are the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (Ms Marie Allom), MASTA — Minding Your Health Abroad (Dr Bernard Hudson and Mr Chris Birch), Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (Professor Nicholas Zwar), Royal Melbourne Hospital/GlaxoSmithKline (Dr Tilman Ruff), The Travel Doctor (TMVC) (Dr Bob Kass), and Qantas Airways (Ms Bronwyn Claxton and Mr Adam Huntley).

  • 1. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Overseas arrivals and departures, 1999–2000. Canberra: ABS, 2002. (Catalogue no. 3401.0.)
  • 2. International travel and health. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2002.
  • 3. United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health information for international travel, 2001-2002. Hepatitis A. Available at: (accessed Dec 2002).


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