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Travel Vaccines    passport

There’s no point spending hours choosing your swimwear, beach bag and flip-flops if you barely think about the bugs and other health risks that could ruin your holiday.


Almost one in four UK holidaymakers don't get any vaccinations despite travelling to areas that have life-threatening infectious disease.


Find out which travel jabs you need for your destination.


It’s not worth skipping travel vaccinations.  Infectious diseases can make you very sick, spoil your holiday and even kill you.


Vaccinations protect you against many travel-related infections, such as yellow fever, typhoid and hepatitis A


The vaccines


Click here for information on the available vaccines for travel.


What’s available on the NHS?


GPs can give the following vaccinations on the NHS:

  • Diphtheria
  • Hepatitis A
  • Polio
  • Tetanus
  • Typhoid

Others are only available privately.  GPs cannot give the following vaccinations on the NHS:

  • Hepatitis B - (£35 for a single dose, £105 for three doses)
  • Meningitis ACWY - (£68 for a single dose)
  • Rabies - (£55 for a single injection, £168 for a course of three injections)
  • Cholera - available from a Travel Clinic
  • Tick Born Encephalitis - available from a Travel Clinic
  • Japanese Encephalitis - available from a Travel Clinic
  • Yellow Fever - available from a Travel Clinic

 Click here to visit NHS Choices for more on NHS and private travel jabs


Please telephone the Reception to let them you travel date and details of your trip and this will be passed on to the Practice Nurse who will telephone you with futher information.



Protection against Malaria


mosquito-smallIf you are travelling to an area where you need to take medication against malaria, this must also be written on a private prescription.  Some anti-malarial medications can be bought from your pharmacist without a prescription.  The nurse will advise you about the most appropriate preventative treatment for the country you are visiting. Click here to see if you are visiting a Malaria Hotspot!


Patients on long term medication


If you have an illness that means you regularly need to take medication, please ensure that you have enough with you to last for your whole holiday.  If you are travelling for more than three months, you should find a doctor who can continue your care in the country that you are visiting. 


Medication for travel abroad or travel kits


If you want to take medicines abroad that you do not normally take to use in case you become ill e.g. antibiotics discuss this with your GP.  It may be possible to issue a private prescription for these medicines.


General travel health


If you have any doubts about the quality of tap water, ensure that you drink, wash and clean your teeth using bottled water or water that has been boiled or sterilised.  Where possible, eat fresh food that has been thoroughly cooked.  Shellfish should never be eaten raw, and avoid salads and fruits that you have not peeled or washed yourself.


If you do get acute diarrhoea drink lots of fluids to avoid dehydration.  You may wish to bring hydration drinks with you on holiday and you can buy these sachets from you pharmacy and add them to water.  You should eat as soon as you can.  Anti-diarrhoea medicines can also be taken to relieve symptoms of acute diarrhoea and these can also be brought at your pharmacy. sun


Be sensible with alcohol when abroad and avoid dehydration in hot climates by drinking as much water as possible.


Avoid over exposure to the sun, which is strongest between 11am and 3pm.

Use insect repellent to avoid insect bites. Apply repellent on top of sun block when both are being used.




Travelling in Europe


If you are visiting the European Economic Area (EEA) then you are strongly advised to take a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you, otherwise you may be charged for your healthcare.   Click here to apply or renew your EHIC.


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)


There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below


Europe Europe & Russia North America North America
Central America Central America South America South America
Caribbean Caribbean Africa Africa
Middle East Middle East Central Asia Central Asia
East Asia East Asia Australasia Australasia and Pacific






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