Foreign travel advice
Before you travel abroad it may be necessary to check with your travel agent and the practice whether or not you need special injections or medication for the country you are travelling to. In some cases you can be denied entry to a country if you do not have a certificate proving that you have had the necessary injections.
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. It’s not worth skipping travel vaccinations. Infectious diseases can make you very sick, spoil your holiday and even kill or cripple you. Vaccinations protect you against many travel-related infections, such as yellow fever, typhoid and hepatitis A.
The practice can advise whether or not we give particular injections and how much they will cost.
Your doctor or nurse will advise of any specific medicines you should have with you. You must ensure you are vaccinated at least 6 weeks before departure where it is necessary. Malaria tablets have to be taken as advised before departure.
Find out which travel jabs you need for your destination and further advice on staying healthy while abroad at the dedicated NHS website Fit For Travel
Here are some simple self help tips you can follow to make your trip safer:
- Be safe
- Be hygienic
- Take a small first aid kit including re-hydration sachets
- Watch what you eat
- Drink bottled water only
- Avoid ice cubes if they are made with tap water
- Use effective sun protection against i.e. high factor sun creams
- Take any medication your GP advises to protect yourself, like Malaria tablets
Free travel vaccinations
The following travel vaccinations are usually available free on the NHS:
- diphtheria, polio and tetanus (combined booster)
- hepatitis A – including when combined with typhoid or hepatitis B
These vaccines are usually free because they protect against diseases thought to represent the greatest risk to public health if they were brought into the country.
Private travel vaccinations
You're likely to have to pay for travel vaccinations against:
- hepatitis B when not combined with hepatitis A
- Japanese encephalitis and tick-borne encephalitis
- tuberculosis (TB)
- yellow fever
For a list of medicines we can supply and the vaccines we can adminsister and the costs please visit our private services page
Prior to attending a travel vaccination clinic we will need you to bring in a travel risk assessment form detailing when and where you are travelling and your past medical history. Please ensure you book all your vaccinations at least 6 weeks prior to your date of travel.
European health insurance card
Did you know that you can claim back most of your treatment and medication costs if you fall ill or have an accident in Europe? That's as long as you carry a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
From 1 January 2006 the E111 form has been replaced by the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) so if you are a UK resident, you can apply for an EHIC .
The EHIC entitles the holder to free or reduced cost, state-provided medical treatment if you fall ill or have an accident while visiting any country in the European Economic Area (EEA). Please note that an EHIC is not a substitute for comprehensive travel insurance and will not cover further treatment or repatriation.
EHICs are issued on an individual basis. All individual travellers are therefore required to carry their own EHIC, regardless of age.
You can apply for an EHIC at the Post Office or online by visiting www.ehic.org.uk. Your application should be processed within 7 days. You can also call the EHIC Application Line (0845 606 2030). Phone applications should be processed within 10 days.