If you’re shortly heading off to more exotic climes, then you may find the availability of the travel vaccinations required to protect your health, a little more ‘exotic’ too.
Unfortunately, not all travel vaccinations are widely available or free, which means that you might have to seek your vaccinations at a private travel clinic or combine both NHS and private healthcare.
NHS travel vaccinations
If you have a very small budget and are able to plan for your travel vaccinations well in advance, then you should be able to get some common vaccinations on the NHS, like Hepatitis A, Cholera, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Typhoid.
Private travel vaccinations
The following vaccinations are only available at a private travel clinic:
You should obtain a Rabies vaccination if you are travelling anywhere the disease is most prominent, in areas like Asia, Central and South America and Africa. Most rabies infections are fatal to humans and are often passed from the bite or scratch from an infected animal. You are also at an increased risk of exposure if you are participating in activities where you might come into contact with animals, like cycling or running in rural areas. If you have previously had the rabies vaccination, you may need a booster top up to ensure you remain protected.
Areas with increased risk of exposure: Asia, Central and South America and Africa, but for more information, you can check the risk of Rabies in all countries here.
Hepatitis B vaccination
If infected, Hepatitis B will pose a greater risk to children, where it can persist for many years and potentially cause serious liver damage. All babies born on or after 1st August 2017 are given the vaccination as part of the child immunisation programme. Before then, you may have only been given the vaccination if you were considered at risk. If you are unsure whether you or your child has previously had this injection, your GP or nurse will be able to check for you.
Areas with increased risk of exposure: Africa, India, China, Southeast Asia and South and Central America.
Yellow Fever vaccination
Yellow Fever is found in most of South America and sub-Saharan Africa plus parts of Central America and the Caribbean. You may also be required to provide an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis to gain entry into certain countries, which can only be obtained from a certified Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre. Find out if you’ll be at risk of Yellow Fever with this Yellow Fever Zone Map.
Areas with increased risk of exposure: Most of South America and sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Central America and the Caribbean.
Japanese Encephalitis vaccination
Japanese Encephalitis is passed to humans through mosquitoes. Children are at most risk of infection – with around 75% of cases involving children under the age of 15. It is recommended that you have this vaccination if you are likely to visit out of city areas, particularly if you are planning on going camping or hiking.
Areas with increased risk of exposure: Rural areas throughout the Far East, the Pacific Islands and Southeast Asia.
Tick-borne Encephalitis vaccination
TBE is a rare infection that is spread to humans by the bite of an infected tick found mostly in areas of forest and woodland but can also be found in parks and gardens. Activities such as camping or hiking will put you at increased risk of infection.
Areas with increased risk of exposure: Central, Northern and Eastern Europe, Eastern Russia, parts of East Asia and forested regions in China and Japan.
Going private for your travel vaccinations
For many people, the option of visiting a private GP or travel clinic is preferable; we’ve detailed some reasons for this below.
One stop shop for travel vaccinations
By going private, you can have all of your vaccinations in one place, with the doctors and nurses that you are familiar with.
Your health should never take a back seat due to your busy schedule and a private travel clinic will be more flexible around your lifestyle with early morning, evening and weekend appointments.
Last minute appointments
If you have booked a last minute holiday or have left your travel vaccinations a little late, you can schedule an appointment at short notice at a private travel clinic.
Visit your local travel clinic in London
You may be feeling wary at the prospect of getting the necessary travel vaccinations required to protect your health, which is completely understandable. The staff at MyHealthcare Clinic in Wandsworth know that not everyone is comfortable with needles and our experienced doctors and nurses are patient and understanding. We operate in a way that means that you can keep seeing the staff who know you best.
Our appointments are scheduled for 20 minutes, double the amount of time allocated for NHS appointments. This means that we have the time to provide you with a whole host of health related advice regarding your travel itinerary in one visit.
Our doctors and nurses are here to help you only and would never recommend vaccines that are not required. It is completely up to you to decide which vaccinations you’d like to proceed with based on our recommendations.
Let us make the process of getting travel vaccinations as easy as possible for you with a free pre-appointment telephone consultation. Book by phone on 020 7099 5555 or from our travel vaccinations page.