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Immunisation

Travel Services

Before travelling overseas, it is important to be aware of the possible health risks and how to prevent problems, or minimise the chances of them occurring. Most importantly, you should know:

  • whether there are any specific health risks in the country you are travelling to for which you need to take precautions - for example, malaria
  • how to avoid becoming ill when you are abroad
  • what to do if you do become ill when you are abroad
  • how to get emergency medical treatment when you are abroad

Our travel services offer advice on travel illnesses and a full range of vaccinations. In order for you to prepare for travel, call reception to make a travel appointment or complete a Travel Vaccinations request form via our online services to see what vaccinations are recommended if any for your destination.

If you are travelling abroad you will need to start thinking about your travel vaccinations 4-6 weeks before you're due to leave as some vaccinations can take time to become effective.

Most immunisations are free on the NHS but some travel immunisations such as Yellow Fever and Rabies incur a fee. For up to date information on charges for your trip you will need to speak to a receptionist. 

The surgery is a Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre.

For more information please visit the websites below:

External Websites:

Travel Illnesses and Vaccinations - NHS Choices

Fit for Travel

Travel Health

FCO Travel Advice

MASTA 

Videos from NHS Choices:

A simple guide to health precautions when travelling abroad, including vaccinations, taking condoms and a first aid kit, and being careful about drinking water.

 

Malaria is a parasitic infection spread by mosquitoes. This video explains out how the infection attacks different areas of the body and what you can do to avoid getting the disease in the first place.

 

In the UK, 2,000 people a year die from malignant melanoma, and it's increasing. See an expert and real people talk about how to stay safe in the sun.

Influenza

Annual Flu vaccination is recommended for all people who are aged 65 and over OR Those who are under 65 who have any of the following conditions:

  • Chronic heart disease (angina, heart failure, or previous heart attack) 
  • Chronic respiratory disease (asthma, COPD, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, bronchitis) 
  • Chronic kidney disease (renal failure, kidney transplant, undergoing dialysis treatment) 
  • Diabetes 
  • Chronic liver disease (cirrhosis, biliary atresia, chronic hepatitis 
  • Lowered immunity due to cancer, absence of spleen, HIV, receiving high dose steroids, radiotherapy, chemotherapy 
  • Chronic neurological disease (stoke, TIA, multiple sclerosis) 
  • Any other serious medical condition - check with your doctor. 
  • Pregnant Women 
  • Carers

Vaccination is also recommended for poultry workers.

Invitations are sent out to the over 65’s and those patients in at risk groups in September.

Pnemococcal

Pneumococcal immunization consists of a single injection which is effective against 90% of pneumococcal strains that cause serious infection in the UK. Children under 2 years of age should be given a special form of the vaccine.

Immunisation is recommended in:

  • Aged 65 and older 
  • Post-splenectomy patients, though it is preferable to administer the vaccine some weeks before elective splenectomy 
  • Coeliac Disease 
  • Sickle cell disease 
  • Diabetes 
  • Immunocompromised and HIV-infected patients 
  • Chronic liver disease and Alcoholism 
  • Heart Failure 
  • Kidney failure 
  • Asthma and Chronic Bronchitis