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.
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible – at least 8-10 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 over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
For further information, see the NHS Fit for Travel website.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling in Europe, the European Commission website has a wealth of useful information.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please print and fill out the form before coming to see the practice nurses. Return the completed form to the surgery, in an envelope, marked “Travel Questionnaire for Nurses’. Please complete a form for each member of your family who will be travelling.
We are a registered Yellow Fever Centre
Yellow fever vaccinations can only be given at designated and registered centres. For a centre to become a designated yellow fever vaccination centre, it must register with the appropriate authority. In the UK, this is:
Further information can be found at www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Yellow-fever/Pages/prevention.aspx
You must have a yellow fever vaccination at least 10 days before you travel. This will allow enough time for your body to develop protection against the yellow fever infection.
Your certificate will only become valid 10 days after you have the yellow fever vaccination.