Do you need vaccinations?
When you travel abroad, you may need vaccinations to protect yourself from diseases and infections which pose a threat in other parts of the world. It is therefore important to find out in good time before you travel whether you will need additional vaccinations for the country you are visiting.
Here at St Mary’s Surgery we offer a comprehensive travel health advice and immunisation service. We can assess the health risks of your travel plans and recommend the appropriate vaccinations.
As some vaccinations take time to reach effective levels of protection or may involve the completion of a carefully spaced course of doses, it is important that you allow sufficient time for this before your travel – at least three months – if possible.
Our normal travel clinic process is:
- Patients to complete and submit travel risk assessment form (one per person travelling).
- A telephone consultation with a travel clinic nurse to discuss your travel requirements in more detail to be arranged. This provides an opportunity to fully discuss your travel plans and for our nurses to ensure your have the right vaccine information for the places you are visiting.
- Face to face vaccination appointment booked or vaccine course to be commenced.
Should you have a late holiday booking, having the appropriate vaccinations and advice will still give you some important protection. Please note that if your trip is less than four weeks away, the surgery will NOT be able to see you for your vaccinations. We ask that you seek advice from an external travel clinic. We can offer a printout of the vaccinations on your patient record to help with this, if you wish.
St Mary’s surgery is a registered yellow fever centre and we welcome patients from surgeries unable to provide this service. (Please note patients from other surgeries are not able to have their other vaccinations here.)
Travel vaccination fees
In addition to our travel clinic consultation, we are able to offer some routine travel vaccinations FREE of charge through the NHS. These include:
- Hepatitis A
- Tetanus / diphtheria / polio-combined.
Other vaccinations are not covered by the NHS and are considered as private treatments that incur a cost. These include Yellow Fever and Hepatitis B. Malaria prevention treatment also requires a private prescription.
Where a course of vaccinations is required and where there is a charge, your travel nurse will advise you when and where to pay.
Your next steps
- Check what vaccinations you might need for the countries you are visiting. The links below will help you.
You can also find more general information about travel vaccines here.
2. If you think you do require vaccinations, please book a travel clinic telephone consultation via reception at least three months before you plan to travel. When booking the appointment, please confirm:
- when you are travelling (eg July for two weeks)
- where you are travelling (eg Kenya and South Africa)
- where you are staying (eg hotel, camping or backpacking)
- who is travelling (eg the names of all those we will be seeing at your travel clinic appointment).
3. Complete the travel risk assessment form for each person travelling. The surgery needs to receive your completed forms at least a week before your telephone consultation to allow the nurses to review it.
4. During your telephone consultation, our travel clinic nurse will assess the health risks of your travel plans and advise you what vaccinations, if any, are needed for you and your family.
5. Please note: some vaccinations may require a course of injections, so follow-up appointments may be needed.
6. If you are planning to travel during COVID restrictions, it is essential you find out about any specific restrictions for the country you are planning to visit before you book as well as any UK travel regulations. FCO advice on country entry requirements is regularly updated. The government has also provided a useful step-by-step planning list for those wishing to holiday abroad this year.
St Mary’s Surgery is currently working with the Mayfield Clinic to facilitate PCR tests for those wishing to travel. Find out more and how to book here.
Useful guidance for specific disease information:
Use gov.uk for specific country travel advice.
Global Health Insurance Cards
A UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in the European Union at a reduced cost or sometimes for free.
If you have a UK European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) it will be valid until the expiry date on the card. Once it expires, you’ll need to apply for a GHIC to replace it.
Please note: GHIC and EHIC do not replace travel insurance.