If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
When should I start thinking about the vaccines I need?
If possible, see the GP or a private travel clinic at least 8 weeks before you're due to travel.
Some vaccines need to be given well in advance to allow your body to develop immunity.
And some vaccines involve a number of doses spread over several weeks or months.
You may be more at risk of some diseases, for example, if you're:
•travelling in rural areas
•staying in hostels or camping
•on a long trip rather t
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
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.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Use this assessment tool to find out your risk of developing a blood clot
The risk of travel-related thrombosis is higher in individuals with pre-existing risk factors for the development of VTE. The following general precautions can be recommended when travelling long-distance (>4 hours):
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid dehydration by avoiding alcohol and increasing intake of non-alcoholic drinks
- Avoid immobility: do not take sleeping pills, perform simple leg exercises (e.g. regularly flexing ankles), take walks when possible (e.g. during a stopover)
- Have travel insurance to enable prompt treatment of suspected VTE