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 over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
Booking appointments for Travel Advice and Immunisations
On booking your travel appointment you will be asked to complete a questionnaire which must be completed at the time of booking or shortly after.
The aim of the questionnaire is to enable the nurse to obtain a picture of where you are travelling, activities you may participate in, any vaccinations you have received in the past and any medical conditions which can influence vaccinations that may be advised.
Appointments will be cancelled if the questionnaire has not been returned within 48 hours prior to your consultation.
During your first appointment, the nurse will discuss where you are travelling, the duration of your holiday and what activities you may participate in. The nurse will inform you which vaccines are advised along with the cost of individual vaccines, so you are able to make an informed decision and decide which vaccinations you would like to receive prior to your holiday. Some vaccinations consist of a single injection and others consist of a course to obtain immunity. You will also be given travel advice and website addresses to access which will enable you to obtain further travel information and advice. If you decide to proceed with travel vaccinations, appointments will be made for you so they are at the correct intervals. Please note vaccines are not given during your first appointment.
Some vaccines cannot be ordered until after your initial consultation and need to be paid for in full before we are able to order them. A delay in payment may affect which vaccinations you will be able to receive due to specific time schedules which vaccines must be given in to obtain immunity.
You will need to be flexible when booking travel appointments as we have limited availability due to increased demand and pressure on the NHS.
If you request an appointment within a couple weeks prior to travel, we may not be able to offer you an appointment and you will need to contact a local travel clinic or pharmacy which offers a travel service.
Ideally travel appointments should be made at least 6-8 weeks prior to travel.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.