Going on Holiday?
Obtaining your vaccinations and advice
(Please note: This service is for our registered patients ONLY)
All travel appointments are with the Practice Nurses. They attend regular updates and have access to an online medical database, which provides them with the most up to date recommended vaccinations and locations of malaria hot spots.
We have a limited number of appointments, so it is important to make the initial telephone consultation appointment with the Practice Nurse as early as possible, a minimum of 6-8 weeks before you travel.
What you can expect
Initial Telephone Consultation
The following will be discussed:
- Countries and areas you will be visiting
- Purpose of trip e.g. holiday, business
- Type of accommodation e.g. hotel, hostel
- Medical history
- Vaccinations required
- Vaccinations we do not administer
- Whether malaria cover is indicated
- Next step, make an appointment with the Practice Nurse to receive the vaccinations and further advice
The 2nd consultation, ideally should be at least 2 weeks before your date of travel and will consist of the following:
- Vaccination(s) given and post vaccination advice
- Schedule of vaccinations e.g. boosters
- Malaria cover and where you can obtain this advice and medication
- Lifestyle advice
- Advice on how to minimise the risks associated with diseases found in food and water
- Leaflets on how to prevent and treat health risks e.g. travellers' diarrhoea
- You will have the opportunity to ask any questions relating to your health and travel
- Proof of vaccination certificate - we recommend that you register for Online patient services where you will have access to your medical records, including vaccinations.
The following vaccinations are free of charge, as these diseases are thought to pose a high risk to public health if they were brought back into the UK.
- Polio (given as tetanus, diptheria and polio booster)
- Hepatitis A
We keep a regular stock of these vaccines, but there may be times where stock is not available due to a national shortage.
Some countries require that you have proof of vaccination before you enter their country. Not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS. For example, Meningococcal meningitis is a requirement for entry into Saudi Arabia.
We do not provide a private service for vaccines. You can find providers of this service by searching on the Internet.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)