Travel update: Hepatitis A - Not available July 2017 - Hep A vaccine continues to be in short supply both in the UK and globally
You can find out which vaccinations are necessary or recommended for the areas you will be visiting on these two websites:
Some countries require you to have an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) before you enter. For example, Saudi Arabia requires proof of vaccination against certain types of meningitis for visitors arriving for the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages.
Many tropical countries in Africa and South America will not accept travellers from an area where there is yellow fever, unless they can prove that they have been vaccinated against it.
Read more about the vaccines currently available for travellers abroad.
You don't always need vaccinations to travel abroad. If you do, the type of travel jabs you need depends on which country you're visiting and what you're doing.
First off, to enable the practice to ensure you are fully protected for your travels we will ask you to collect a travel vaccination form from reception(or download from bottom of the page), this will be looked at by the practice nurse to see what vaccinations you already have had, and what vaccinations you require (if any). You will then be asked to contact the practice a week later to book your appointment with the nurse for any outstanding vaccinations.The practice nurse mwill also be able to give you general advice about travel vaccinations and travel health, such as protecting yourself from malaria.
Not all vaccinations are available free on the NHS, even if they're recommended for travel to a certain area.
Free travel vaccinations
The following travel jabs are 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.
Many GPs do not charge for the second (booster) dose of hepatitis A or the combined hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccine.
Yellow fever vaccines are only available from designated centres. The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) website can help you find where to get a yellow fever vaccination.
Things to consider
There are several things to consider when planning your travel vaccinations, including:
- the country or countries you are visiting – in some cases, the region of a country you are visiting will also be important
- when you are travelling – some diseases are more common at certain times of the year, for example during the rainy season
- where you are staying – in general, you will be more at risk of getting diseases in rural areas than in urban areas
- if you are backpacking and staying in hostels or camping, you may be more at risk than if you were on a package holiday and staying in a hotel
- how long you will be staying – the longer your stay, the greater your risk of being exposed to diseases
- your age and health – some people may be more vulnerable to infection than others, while some vaccinations cannot be given to people with certain medical conditions
- what you will be doing during your stay – for example, whether you will be spending a lot of time outdoors, such as trekking or working in rural areas
- if you are working as an aid worker, you may come into contact with more diseases if you are working in a refugee camp or helping after a natural disaster
- if you are working in a medical setting – for example, a doctor or nurse may require additional vaccinations
- if you are in contact with animals, you may be more at risk of getting diseases that are spread by animals, such as rabies
If you are only travelling to countries in northern and central Europe, North America or Australia, it is unlikely that you will need to have any vaccinations.
If possible, see your GP at least eight weeks before you are due to travel, because some vaccinations need to be given well in advance.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Speak to your GP before having any vaccinations if:
- you are pregnant
- you think you might be pregnant
- you are breastfeeding
In many cases, it is unlikely that a vaccine given while pregnant or breastfeeding will cause problems for the baby. However, your GP will be able to give you further advice.
People with immune deficiencies
For some people travelling overseas, vaccination against certain diseases may not be advised. This may be the case if:
- you have a condition that affects your body's immune system, such as HIV or AIDS
- you are receiving treatment that affects your immune system, such as chemotherapy (a treatment for cancer)
- you have recently had a bone marrow or organ transplant
Your GP can give you further advice.
Travel Vaccination Questionnaire