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Travel & Holiday Vaccinations

Please request your vaccinations a minimum of 8 weeks ahead of travel. We are currently booking patients about 6 weeks in advance.

If you are unable to get an appointment with us in the necessary time frame, before your travel date, you may need to seek advice from a local travel clinic

Updated March 2024

Patients who are travelling should obtain their immunisation history via Patient Access or the NHS App, to see which vaccinations they have already had.  

They should also determine what vaccinations are required for the country they are travelling to, taking account of their reason for travel and the length of time they are staying. Information about the vaccinations required for countries worldwide can be found on Travel Health Pro Website .

If having done this, you still think travel vaccinations are required, please complete a PATCHS with your travel details and dates, and submit this to the surgery. You will then receive a text asking some further questions to answer prior to a nurse informing you if you require any further vaccinations.

Patients are advised to do this well in advance of travel, as some vaccinations need to be administered 8 weeks before travelling to be fully effective.

It is advisable to consult the Foreign and Commonwealth Website for up to date recommendations regarding travel.

(Updated November 2023)

Some travel vaccines are only available on a private prescription and will only be available at a private travel clinic.

NHS Vaccines that are available

Please note only the undernoted vaccines are available on NHS Prescriptions:-

  • Hepatitis A – lasts 25 years provided patient has had 2 doses
  • Typhoid – lasts 3 years
  • Diphtheria/Tetnus/Polio – Last 10 years but please note some countries have different requirements, please check the country you are travelling to.
  • Cholera – lasts 2 years

There is no longer a need to hand in the travel questionnaire in advance of booking an appointment, please submit your request via PATCHS and you will be sent a text questionnaire to fill in.

Healthy Travel Leaflet

You may find the following leaflet helpful when making your travel arrangements.

Advice on Malaria will be given. However – please note that we do not provide prescriptions for anti-malarials as these can be obtained from the chemist or a private travel clinic.

Please download and print our useful guide below about Mosquito advice.

Hepatitis immunisation

Immunisation against infectious Hepatitis (Hepatitis A) is available free of charge on the NHS in connection with travel abroad. However Hepatitis B is not routinely available free of charge for travel and therefore you will need to arrange to have this done at a private clinic.

Excess quantities of regular repeat prescriptions

Under NHS legislation, the NHS ceases to have responsibility for people when they leave the United Kingdom. However, to ensure good patient care the following guidance is offered. People travelling within Europe should be advised to carry a European Health Insurance Card, known as an EHIC or Global Health insurance Card GHIC.

Medication required for a pre-existing condition should be provided in sufficient quantity to cover the journey and to allow the patient to obtain medical attention abroad. If the patient is returning within the timescale of their usual prescription, then this should be issued (the maximum duration of a prescription is recommended by the Care Trust to be two months, although it is recognised that prescription quantities are sometimes greater than this). Patients are entitled to carry prescribed medicines, even if originally classed as controlled drugs, for example, morphine sulphate tablets.

For longer visits abroad, the patient should be advised to register with a local doctor for continuing medication (this may need to be paid for by the patient).

General practitioners are not responsible for prescriptions of items required for conditions which may arise while travelling, for example travel sickness or diarrhoea. Patients should be advised to purchase these items from community pharmacies prior to travel.

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