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Travel Health and Immunisations

If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required. Information about countries and vaccinations required can be found on the Fit for Travel website.

Appointments for travel advice must be booked at least six weeks in advance. Not all immunisations are provided as part of the NHS service. Travel advice regarding specific regions must be obtained privately at a travel immunisation clinic.


Booking your Appointment with the Nurse

  • Travel Risk Assessment
    If you are planning a trip abroad please complete a Travel Risk Assessment form (available from reception) with details of your proposed journey.
  • Travel Appointment
    Once you have submitted your form, it will be assessed by one of our nurses who will contact you to advise of any vaccinations that are required and will arrange an appointment to have these administered. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your appointment should be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
  • Please Allow Plenty of Time
    Patients are advised to allow plenty of time for vaccinations (at least 6 weeks) especially if traveling to an 'out of the way' place where they'll be living or working among local people. Some courses of vaccine such as rabies or Hepatitis B need to be given over several weeks.

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Prescriptions

If you require a prescription for vaccinations this will be ready to collect 2 working days following your appointment.

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Holiday Health

It is always a wise precaution to pack some essential items in case of illness on holiday. Do choose medicines according to your needs and the country you are intending to visit. lf you take prescription medicines regularly remember to pack them too.

You may want to consider packing the following:

  • Paracetamol Travel Sickness tablets Plasters and a small crepe bandage
  • Rehydration solutions such as Dioralyte, Anti diarrhoeal for example lmodium
  • High factor sunscreen
  • Anti material tablets, Water purification tablets, Insect repellent
  • Condoms and other contraceptives
  • Sunhats for yourself and children

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Mosquito Bite Avoidance for Travellers

In many tropical countries, mosquitoes can spread diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, West Nile, malaria, yellow fever and Zika. Here are five simple rules you should follow to reduce your risk of infections spread by mosquitoes.

Mosquito Bite Avoidance for Travellers Leaflet.

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Useful Travel Information Websites

The Travel Health Organisations section on this website has lots of useful links to help you.

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Travel Vaccination Charges

We offer most of the travel health service at no additional charge to the patient. However the NHS does not cover the cost of all the treatments you may need. Therefore, for some services you may need to pay.

Malaria Tablets are NOT provided on the NHS and sometimes can be bought 'over the counter' or may require a private prescription. The nurse can advise regarding this or you could discuss with your pharmacist. REMEMBER some tablets have to be started at least one week before you travel and you need continue to take them when you return home for the advised length of time.

Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.