The NHS does not fund a travel advise service in general practice. Although as a service to patients our practice nurse is happy to administer vaccines, it is up to travellers to determine what they need.
After booking your travel it is advised you go to one of the following websites where you will find the current recommended travel vaccinations for your destination.
To find out more about what vaccinations you need we have listed some helpful websites below. You will also be able to find out current government advice on travelling in certain area of the world. These websites will also give you useful and up to date links to further information associated with travel.
Netdoctor- Vaccine recommendations are given for each country
FitForTravel - Travel health information for people travelling abroad from the UK
Travel Doctor - Tables of vaccine requirements for particular countries
World Health Organisation - Country list and vaccine requirements including malaria situation
Some vaccinations which are recommended are not available on the NHS and we can only administer vaccines currently available on the NHS free of charge and they are the following:
- Hepatitis A
Once you have determined which vaccines you need we would recommend that you book an appointment with our nurse at least 8 weeks before your intended travel. This is becuase most vaccines take some time to become effective, and some vaccinations involve a course.
Malaria prophylaxis and medication is available direct from a pharmacist usually without a prescription and they will advise you of the current recommendations for the country you are going to.
Please be aware that to go on pilgrimage the ACWY vaccination is required and you will not be permitted to travel unless this is done. This vaccination needs to be had as soon as you have booked your pilgrimage in the planning stages- please do not wait until the last moment as there could be availability issues. The charge for ACWY is currently £55.00 per person and must be paid in cash to the receptionist who will give you a receipt for this
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.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
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.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.