Travel Vaccinations & Advice
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.
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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.
Before you go
Well before travelling abroad, check with your travel agent or the tourist office/embassy of the country you intend to visit on any special precautions you may need to take.
At least two months before departure, discuss any vaccination requirements with our Practice Nurse. Before making your appointment, please complete our Travel Risk Assessment Form available from either surgery so the Nurse is aware of the vaccinations you will need.
Pack a small first aid kit containing: adhesive dressing, insect repellent, antiseptic cream and water purification tablets.
Check on the quality of drinking water. If in doubt, either drink only bottled water or use water purification tablets. Avoid ice in drinks as this may very well have been made from suspect water.
Raw vegetables, salads and fresh fruit should be carefully washed in clean water. If in doubt, stick to freshly cooked food.
Beware of the sun! Use a high factor sunscreen particularly in the first few days of exposure. Children in particular should be monitored closely in this respect.
In hot climates drink plenty of non-alcoholic drinks. If you are not passing water regularly, you are not drinking enough.
On Your Return
If you fall ill, don’t forget to tell your doctor that you have travelled abroad.
If you have received treatment abroad, tell your own doctor on your return. When donating blood, tell the transfusion staff which countries you have visited.
Please state whether you have had the following immunisations, along with the date given.
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