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Are you thinking of traveling? If so, we recommend you speak with a GP or travel clinic if you have plans to travel as they can advise you on any immunisations you may need. Please ensure you contact them well in advance to ensure you have enough time to be vaccinated. If you do not have a GP visit the Find a Health Service website.

You can also find information on Smartraveller.

Information for travellers returning from the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar

Anyone travelling from the Middle East, including returning to Australia from attending the 2022 FIFA World Cup, should be aware of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

MERS is a rare but severe respiratory illness that may affect travellers to Middle Eastern countries. 

It is spread through close contact with camels carrying the virus or an infected person, or by consuming uncooked camel meat or unpasteurised camel milk.

There is currently no vaccine available. Reduce your risk of getting MERS by observing good hygiene practices, avoiding close contacts with camels and avoiding consuming uncooked meat or unpasteurised milk. 

More information, including symptoms and diagnosis is available on the Commonwealth Department of Health MERS webpage

Yellow Fever

You may require a Yellow Fever immunisation for travel to some African and South Amercian countries.

Only Yellow Fever providers can give you the vaccine.

Please see the Department of Health’s factsheet on Yellow Fever for more information.


Measles is a highly infectious disease that can cause brain damage and death. Measles is easily prevented by two doses of the MMR vaccine.

Yet many people born since 1966 are not adequately protected against measles. Ask your GP to check your vaccination record. If you’re not sure, there’s no harm in getting a third dose.

For more information, visit Australian Academy of Science.

Page last updated on: 19 Sep 2023