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Taking steps to remain healthy whilst you are on holiday can be quite complex, especially if you are travelling to tropical areas in parts of the world where formal healthcare is difficult to access.
Thankfully, there are very helpful and accurate websites which can give you the most up-to-date information about how to remain healthy on holiday; what immunisations you require and which medication you may need to have with you.
If you require travel vaccinations it is important to start having these at least 6 weeks before travel, as many do not offer you adequate protection if given too close to the date of your trip.
We suggest you think about:
In addition, please remember if you are taking regular medication because of other health needs, to take an adequate supply of tablets with you and a list of your medication should you run out.
International law permits you to travel with medication without a doctor’s note unless this medication is a Class A type formulation. (Morphine, tramadol, opiate patches, and amphetamine-type medication). Our reception staff can help you with a letter if you need it.
To find out what travel immunisations and malaria tablets you need please visit the www.fitfortravel.co.uk website. This provides the same information which NHS professionals use to decide which vaccinations you need. You will need to have a copy of your previous immunisations, as many travel vaccinations are identical to the one you receive as a child and young adult through the NHS immunisation program. Please ask reception for this. The website tells you which immunisations are free on NHS and which are private and will need to be given at a specialist travel clinic.
Please note, if you have had 5 tetanus injections in your life (many of us have), it is rarely necessary to have a booster.
Once you have worked out the immunisations you need, please book to see our practice nurses, and bring your information with you.
Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (combined vaccination)
(Please note that there are sometimes problems with supplies to surgeries and so you may have to arrange for some of these vaccinations to be done at a travel clinic, this is a national problem)
If you require other vaccinations not available on the NHS (Rabies, Hepatitis B, Meningococcal ACWY, Tick borne encephalitis, yellow fever) you will be required to attend a travel clinic and pay a private fee.
The easiest and quickest way to obtain anti-malaria medication is to do this on line through a pharmacy or medical website. We recommend you using www.drfox.co.uk
A good atlas or online atlas e.g. www.maps.google.co.uk
If you’d like to down load a word version of this advice click on the link below
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)