IMMUNISATIONS FOR TRAVEL ABROAD
In order to receive Travel Advice and Vaccinations The Policy within Forestside Medical Practice is that "You will need to book an appointment a minimum of 6 weeks prior to going on holiday".
This policy is set for safe practice so please do not get upset with our staff if we cannot meet your travel needs due to inadequate time scales.
Our Practice Sisters are happy to give up-to-date advice on travel vaccination, special travel precautions and general health care whilst abroad. Please give as much notice as possible when booking your appointment. You will need to come in to surgery to collect/complete our travel form prior to your appointment. (available at Reception).
All travel appointments need 20 minutes for each member of the family. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU NOTE. If you have not completed the form prior to you appointment the nurse will not be able to wait for you to sit and do this as it will have a knock on affect to other patient appointment times; which could mean you may be asked to re-book you appointment for another time.
Please note that certain travel immunisations and drugs for malaria prevention are not available under the NHS and a non-NHS prescription may be necessary at a cost to the patient. The practice is designated as a Yellow Fever Immunisation Centre. Patients, whether of this or another practice, may contact us for this service. We can also supply sterile travel packs of essential items should you be travelling to remote areas for which there will be charge payable.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.