During my next set of holidays in November/December/January I will be travelling to Canada, Peru, back to Canada, Australia, China, Canada and then to my next ship.
For working on ships I have a medical that is renewed every two years. that includes all vaccinations. Somehow my typhoid vaccination expired in 2015 and I need a booster. The bigger issuer is the yellow fever vaccination. I don't need it for the regions we will be travelling to in Peru or China.
But, guess what? Australia says that if I have been in a country where there is a risk of yellow fever (regardless of the regions we're travelling to) then I need a certificate of vaccination to enter Australia.
I don't need the yellow fever vaccination to enter Peru, but I do need proof of vaccination to enter Australia. So that means I need the vaccination.
So this afternoon I spent 90 minutes at the travel medical clinic, have a puncture wound in each arm, an achy left arm, a list of side effects to watch for and $245.00 less in my pocket.
In return I have a fancy yellow certificate that certifies that I have indeed received the yellow fever vaccination. I like that the certificate is colour coded to match the name of the disease. That's about all I like about it.