If you are planning to travel outside of the UK you may need to be vaccinated against some serious diseases found in other parts of the world.
The surgery is no longer providing advice regarding health and travel to countries that require vaccinations as there is lots of good information easily available online.
The websites below should have all the information that you require.
You can also get advice from your travel agent
or from a travel clinic such as The Superdrug Travel Clinic – contact number: 0330 037 1968
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
You need to research the vaccines that you require before you book your appointment with the nurse.
You will then need to book a 10minute appointment with the practice nurse. When booking the appointment the receptionist will ask which vaccines you require so they can, in turn let the practice nurse know. When attending your appointment please bring your printed advice with you.
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a course of vaccines may be required. Your last vaccine ideally needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
The nurse will only have a 10 minute appointment to give the vaccinations that are available through the NHS and will NOT be able to give advice on specific diseases found in various countries.
The practice nurses will be able to give vaccinations that are available through the NHS e.g. Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio and Diphtheria.
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.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Things to consider
- Ensure you let the nurse know if you are pregnant, might be pregnant or are breastfeeding
- Immune deficiencies: Let the nurse know if you are receiving treatment that may affect your immune system or you have a condition that may affect your immune system.
- Speak to the nurse if you have had a recent bone marrow or organ transplant
- If you have a specific medical query, please book a telephone appointment prior to attending for you vaccinations.