Travel Health Advice When Planning Your Trip Abroad
It is very important that you plan for any vaccinations needed for your trip at least 3 months before your travel date as some vaccines can only be done over a course of 6 weeks and pharmacists need to order them.
Visit health website to find out more on http://www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk. This website will give you an indication of whether any vaccinations are needed. You must be fully regsitered with our GP practice to be elligible for travel vaccinations
If you feel you need any vaccinations after you have looked at the website you should complete a Travel Health Questionnaire, at the bottom of the page, you need to complete contact information, personal profile (as much as possible, we can also check your medical records) and full details of where you are travelling to and the type of accommodation you will be staying at (if you plan on camping out in rural areas instead of staying at a resort you may need extra cover)
There is a £10 administration charge for the practice nurse to review your form and check your medical history, this is payable when you hand in your completed form. If a family is travelling we do not charge for children if the adults have completed forms.
Download our Travel Health Booklet
Ideally you should visit your practise nurse at least 3months before you travel. Do not leave it until a week before you go as many vaccines need to be given a few weeks before travelling to ensure there full effectiveness, and some are a course of 3-4 vaccines for full protection.
Vaccines are not normally necessary for anyone travelling to Western Europe, North America, Australia or New Zealand (although you should ensure that your poliomyelitis and tetanus are up to date) however you should consult your Dr/Practice nurse if you are travelling to other destinations.
Your practise nurse will tell you which vaccines you need to get before travelling.
Some of these vaccines will be available on the NHS but others may not, so you need to budget to allow for the cost of additional vaccines required for your travel.
give the following vaccines free of charge:
- Hepatitis A
- MMR (mumps, measles, rubella)
GP’s cannot give the following vaccines on the NHS
- Hepatitis B (course of 3-4 vaccines schedule)
- Japanese Encephalitis (course of 2 vaccines)
- Rabies (course of 3 vaccines)
- Tick borne encephalitis (Course of 3 Vaccines)
- Yellow fever
For vaccines that are not available on the NHS, your GP must write a private prescription for these vaccines and you will have to pay for these at your local pharmacy, they will be able to tell you when the vaccines will be in stock and how much they cost. Some of these vaccines are very expensive. You can then make an appointment with the practice nurse to have the vaccine administered.
There is also a charge of £7.50 per vaccine for the doctor or nurse administering these vaccines payable in advance.
Storage of vaccines
The vaccines should be stored appropriately, as advised by the community pharmacist until your appointment with your Dr or nurse, who will then administer the vaccines.
Protection against Malaria
If you are travelling to an area where you need to take the medication against malaria this must also be written on a private prescription. To find out more information on protection against malaria, check out the malaria map. This website will also give you info the best malaria protection, the cheapest option or you may prefer to spend more to get the best protection.
Some antimalarial medications can be brought from your local pharmacy without a prescription. Your GP practise nurse will advise you about the most appropriate preventative treatment for the country you are visiting.
Patients on long term medication
If you are on medication that you require on a regular basis for an illness or condition, please ensure that you have enough with you to last for your whole holiday.
If you are travelling for more than 3 months you should find a doctor who can continue your care in the country that you are visiting.
Medication for travel abroad or travel kits
If you want to bring medicines on holiday with you that you do not normally take to use in case you become ill when abroad e.g. anti-biotic these are not available on NHS prescription, if necessary your GP may issue a private prescription.
For advice on what anti-malarias to opt for - for instance the cheaper antimalaria might be adequate but you may prefer to spend extra for better protection. Check out the Malaria Maps below, by choosing the area you are going to.
Below is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
For Information on all the Vaccines and what the prevent go: www.dh.gov.uk/greenbook and go to travel vaccines.
Travel Health Questionnaire
Please fill out the form and leave in to reception as soon as possilble. There is a 10 day turnaround when you leave the form in. The nurse will contact you when she has assessed your form. Can you also enter you email address on the form, as the nurse will then be able to send you some information.