If you’re planning to travel outside the UK, you may need to be vaccinated against some of the serious diseases found in other parts of the world.
When should I start thinking about the vaccines I need?
If possible, see the GP or a private travel clinic at least 8 weeks before you’re due to travel.
Some vaccines need to be given well in advance to allow your body to develop immunity. Some vaccines involve a number of doses spread over several weeks or months.
You may be more at risk of some diseases, for example, if you’re:
- travelling in rural areas
- staying in hostels or camping
- on a long trip rather than a package holiday
If you have a pre-existing health problem, this may make you more at risk of infection or complications from a travel-related illness.
Which travel vaccines do I need?
You can find out which vaccinations are necessary or recommended for the areas you’ll be visiting on these websites:
Some countries require proof of vaccination (for example, for polio or yellow fever vaccination), which must be documented on an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) before you enter or when you leave a country.
Where do I get my travel vaccines?
Not all travel vaccinations are available free on the NHS, even if they’re recommended for travel to a certain area.
At Dapdune House Surgery we only provide Free NHS travel vaccinations
The following travel vaccines are available free on the NHS.
These vaccines are free because they protect against diseases thought to represent the greatest risk to public health if they were brought into the country.
Which travel vaccines will I have to pay for?
- hepatitis B
- Japanese encephalitis
- meningitis vaccines
- tick-borne encephalitis
- tuberculosis (TB)
- Yellow fever vaccines are only available from designated centres.
These vaccines are available at
- private travel vaccination clinic
- pharmacy offering travel healthcare services
The cost of travel vaccines that are not available on the NHS will vary, depending on the vaccine and number of doses you need.
It’s worth considering this when budgeting for your trip.
Other things to consider
There are other things to consider when planning your travel vaccinations, including:
- your age and health – you may be more vulnerable to infection than others; some vaccines cannot be given to people with certain medical conditions
- working as an aid worker – you may come into contact with more diseases in a refugee camp or helping after a natural disaster
- working in a medical setting – a doctor, nurse or another healthcare worker may require additional vaccinations
- contact with animals – you may be more at risk of getting diseases spread by animals, such as rabies
If you’re only travelling to countries in northern and central Europe, North America or Australia, you’re unlikely to need any vaccinations.
But it’s important to check that you’re up-to-date with routine vaccinations available on the NHS.
If you would like to talk to our travel nurse please click on the link below and complete the travel risk assessment form. Our travel nurse will then contact you to discuss next steps.