GENERAL ADVICE FOR TRAVELLERS
The NHS has a very comprehensive website, giving the information you need to stay healthy during your trip abroad.
Please follow these simple steps at Travel Health Pro.
- Select the country information tab and click on the country you are visiting.
- Read all the advice thoroughly. This will give you detailed information about health risks abroad such as insect bites, sun-exposure, contaminated food and drink. Also advice is given about visas and health insurance and covid vaccination requirements.
- Note the ‘Courses or boosters usually advised’.
It is your responsibility to find out any vaccines you have had in the past. We can give you a copy of the vaccinations we have on our record for you but this probably will not include any vaccinations given elsewhere.
To request a copy of your vaccination history, please submit an online consultation.
VACCINATIONS AT THE SURGERY
The following vaccinations are commonly required for many holiday destinations, and are free of charge on the NHS. These can be administered by a nurse at this surgery, if needed
- Diphtheria, Tetanus & Polio (combined)
- Hepatitis A
- Diphtheria, Tetanus & Polio – If you have had 5 vaccinations in your life you may be covered. Boosters required every 10 years for some destinations only.
- Hepatitis A – if you have had two vaccinations, you are covered for 25 years (from the 2nd dose)
- Typhoid – booster required every 3 years (for travel purposes only)
During your telephone consult, if you are going to more exotic locations that require non-NHS vaccines the nurse will guide you about these and direct you to a high street travel clinic to obtain them (see the list at the bottom of the page). There will be a charge for these. We strongly advise you to check your requirements for exotic locations at least three months before travel, as sometimes a course of up to three vaccinations needs to be given over the course of several weeks. This advice also applies to back-packers, people travelling for more than 4 weeks, or special situations, e.g. working in health care projects, or with animals.
Please take special note of any Malaria risk and advice including the ABCD advice and the Malaria map. Medication needs to be started before entering a Malaria area, continued during the trip, and for a period of time after leaving, so you need plan ahead. Children especially need to be protected. Bite avoidance is key and will also help protect against other risks that might be in area like Dengue fever
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