Please visit the Fit for Travel website to determine which vaccinations you believe you require and document on the form. Once completed please return the questionnaire to reception and allow for up to 3 working days for it to be processed before contacting the surgery for an appointment.
Vaccination schedules can be complicated particularly if patients have incomplete schedules. By completing the questionnaire we are able to better assist the practice nurse of your requirements. If you have had any previous vaccinations in the past, if possible, please kindly any documentation of dates and vaccines for them along with the questionnaire
Some travel vaccinations are not covered by the NHS theses include Hepatitis B as well as Meningitis (ACWY) for travel purposes.
Forms you will need
To help us advise you better on what travel vaccinations you may required, please complete our travel vaccinations and advice questionnaire.
- You should call complete the questionnaire preferably at least 6 weeks before your departure date and allow enough time for your nurse traveller's appointment. This is to ensure that the vaccinations have good time to take effect.
- Please permit at least 3 working days between dropping off your questionnaire and booking your appointment with the nurse.
Due to lack of availability of some vaccinations, the surgery may offer you a prescription for the vaccination (oral or injection) to obtain from the local chemist and may request you to bring it to your appointment. Please ensure you have spoken to the pharmacists regarding its storage (in a refrigerator) during the interval
Travelling in short notice
If you are traveling on short notice (i.e. less than 6 weeks time), the practice may not be able to accommodate your request. You may need to contact some local travel clinics (below) for your travel vaccinations. Please contact the surgery to see whether we can accommodate your request.
Yellow fever vaccination
The practice does not offer yellow fever vaccinations please visit one of the above travel centres
Travel health advice
Diseases such as Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Cholera, as well as traveller’s diarrhoea, can be caught from contaminated food. Often simple precautions can reduce these risks:
- Always wash your hands after going to the toilet and before handling food
- If you are unsure about the safety of drinking water, either boil it, sterilise it with disinfectant tablets or buy sealed bottled water
- Avoid ice cream and ice cubes unless you are sure the water used comes from a safe source. Avoid unpasteurised milk
- Avoid raw vegetables, salads, fruit etc which may have been washed in contaminated water
- Avoid raw shellfish such as oysters, in some countries fish and shellfish can be suspect, particular care must be taken
- Avoid food which has been re-heated or kept warm for long periods, keep to food which has been freshly cooked and is still hot
Malaria is a serious and potentially fatal disease which is spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes. It is a widespread problem in most parts of Africa, Asia, Central and South America. Prevention is based upon treatment with anti-malarial tablets combined with a measure to avoid mosquito bites, but may not be 100% effective. A large proportion of malarial cases are potentially avoidable, and are a result of a failure to take anti-malarial tablets or poor compliance with the recommended course of treatment. Any illness with a fever, either during or up to one year after travel to a malarial risk area, should be suspected as possible malaria and prompt medical attention sought. Please read the following advice if you intend visiting a country where malaria is a problem.
Mosquito bite avoidance
Anti-malarial tablets alone is not 100% effective against malaria. It is important to reduce the risk of mosquito bites • Use of insect repellants (50% Deet Diethyltoluamide). These are best purchased in the UK prior to travel
- Repellants can be obtained in cream, pump action sprays, aerosol, gel, stick and moist wipes. Popular brand names are Jungle Formula and Autan. Effective cover may last only 2 to 4 hours and, therefore, need regular re-application
- Keep your arms and legs covered after sunset and apply repellant to exposed parts of the skin – especially ankles and wrists.
- Light clothing may not afford adequate protection against mosquito bites
- Use a ‘knock down’ spray in the bedroom, use a mosquito net, (ideally impregnated with an insecticide) around the bed at night
- Use an anti-mosquito plug or burn a mosquito coil – electronic buzzers are ineffective