Immunisation for Foreign Travel
As well as providing comprehensive advice regarding overseas travel, our practice nurses are able to provide immunisation cover. We are registered as a Yellow Fever Centre. Travel immunisations are by appointment only. Please allow sufficient time, ideally 6-8 weeks before your intended date of travel to make an appointment in order for them to take effect. More information can be found on the above tab.
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.
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. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
is not a replacement for adequate Mosquito Bite Avoidance
It is usually recommended you take anti-malarial medication when travelling to areas where there is a risk of of Malaria. The tablets can reduce your risk by about 90%. The type of medication required is dependent on exactly where you are going (check http://www.wales.nhs.uk/healthtopics/travelhealth), relevant family & your medical history, allergies, medication you are currently taking, previous experiences with anti-malarials, age and whether your pregnant. You will be able to obtain with an adequate amount of required medication over-the- counter from your community Pharmacy. Unfortunately certain drugs may require a private prescription from your GP (he will advise you if this is necessary). All anti-malarial medication is chargeable (and not on NHS). For further information on types of anti-malarial medication please check this website.
Do not forget adequate Travel Insurance
It is a wise precaution to pack some essential items in case of illness on holiday. Do choose medicines according to your needs and the country you are intending to visit. Remember to also pack your regular prescription medicines ( and ensure you order adequate supply in good time). You may also wish to consider the following: • Paracetamol, Travel sickness tablets, Plasters and a small crepe bandage. • Rehydration solutions (such as Dioralyte) and anti-diarrhoeal (such as Imodium) • High-factor Sunscreen • Anti-malarial tablets (if indicated), Insect Repellent, Water purification tablets. • Sun-hats for yourself and children • Condoms / other contraceptives.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.