We administer the full range of NHS travel vaccinations and offer advice regarding what other non-NHS vaccines are recommended.
For current vaccination recommendations and comprehensive travel advice, check the free NHS site Fit for Travel.
It is recommended you make an appointment to see the Practice Nurse at least 6 weeks before travelling. This gives a chance to have all the vaccines you need. If you are travelling at short notice, we can administer an accelerated programme though this is not so satisfactory. When booking your appointment, tell the receptionist you are coming for travel jabs.
People working abroad, especially aid workers, may require extra immunisations.
If you originally come from the country you are visiting, it is likely your immunity will have worn off so it is important to be vaccinated.
- Diphtheria/Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid, and Hepatitis A vaccinations are all available free of charge.
- Meningitis ACWY, and Hepatitis B, vaccinations are chargeable (see fees for private services). Certificates are included.
- The Japanese B Encephalitis vaccine is only available privately and sourced elsewhere.
- Dip/Tet and Polio may require a booster every 10 years for travelers to certain areas
- Heptatitis A requires a booster vaccine 6-12 months after the first for long-term protection (currently 25 years).
- Hepatitis B requires a booster 5 years after the initial course of 3 injections or 4 at ongoing risk. Typhoid lasts 3 years.
- Yellow fever vaccination is now considered life-long.
Don’t forget to take malaria tablets – these are not available on the NHS and need to be bought from a pharmacy. Some require a private prescription, some not. Our nurse will tell you which combination you’ll need – there may be seasonal changes. Though vitally important, the tablets do not offer complete protection so also take mosquito protection measures (mosquito netting, repellents, long sleeves, sprays and vapouriser, all of which help to some extent). All children will require protection; reduced dose vaccines and malaria prevention are available.
Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus.
The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains.
You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. Symptoms can last for up to a week.
We offer ‘at risk’ groups the flu vaccine at a certain time each year to protect you against the flu virus.
You may be invited for a flu jab if you are:
- over 65 years of age
- a serious heart or chest complaint, including asthma (and using steroid inhalers)
- serious kidney disease
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication or cancer treatment
- if you have ever had a stroke
- If you have any queries please contact the surgery.
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