Australia is a safe and disease-free country. No health certificates are needed to enter Australia and vaccinations are not required unless you have come from, or visited, a yellow fever-infected country or zone within 6 days prior to arrival. (Eg: South America, Africa). Australia isn’t without its dangers, though, and is home to some of the most dangerous and poisonous wildlife in the world. Some of which you can find in urban areas. It would be wise to learn how to recognize and avoid these dangers. Have a look at our Safety section for more information.
Sydney summers get very hot and the UV light is harsh. In fact, Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. So, when you are out in the sun wear sunscreen and a hat, and drink plenty of water.
With the increase of flu worldwide, it is common for people of all ages, but especially older people to get a yearly flu vaccination. These are helpful in protecting against the winter flu and can be obtained from any medical center in Sydney.
- National Skin Cancer Awareness Campaign http://www.skincancer.gov.au
- Department of Health and Aging http://www.health.gov.au
- Australian Institute of Health and Welfare http://www.aihw.gov.au