Travel Advice & Immunizations
Please complete the below travel clinic form prior to your appointment. Please download and print the form below.
Foreign travel advice and immunisations are provided by the practice nurses. They give advice on health while abroad and draw up a list of immunizations and antimalarial tablets which are recommended or required for the travel you are planning. Their advice is based on the international recommendations. Please complete the attached form. Return it to the practice as soon as you can, or bring it to your appointment.
Antimalarial tablets and some immunisations are not available on the NHS, and the nurse will advise you of the cost of the immunisations and prescriptions you will need. The costs of those immunizations and services for which there are charges are listed on the attached sheet. You will be required to pay at Reception when you see the nurse, so please bring cash or your cheque book.
It is best to see the nurse about six weeks before you travel, or even earlier if you have a complicated itinerary e.g. long-term travel, multiple countries, backpacking. If you are traveling at short notice the nurses will try to help you, but if they cannot, they will recommend that you contact a travel clinic such as one of those listed below. All these charge for all services.
The following travel immunisations are available on the NHS: · Hepatitis A · Diphtheria, tetanus and polio · Typhoid · Cholera
The following travel immunisations are not available on the NHS and have to be paid for:
- Hepatitis B when required solely for travel
- Meningitis ACWY
Caversham does not provide the following travel immunisations. They can be obtained from the travel clinics listed below.
- Yellow fever
- Tick-borne and Japanese B Encephalitis
- BCG, i.e. protection against tuberculosis.
These private clinics provide the full range of immunisations.
UCH Travel Clinic Tel: 020 3456 7891 Mortimer Market www.thehtd.org Capper Street (off Tottenham Court Road) London WC1E 6AU
Malaria can kill and many malarial parasites have become immune to traditional antimalarials. Protection from the bites of the mosquitoes which carry the malarial parasite is essential, but we strongly recommend that travellers take the antimalarials internationally recommended for the area they are visiting.
Some antimalarials are available over the counter. Prescription-only antimalarials have to be written on a private prescription, i.e. the pharmacist will charge you the cost of the tablets. Our nurses will advise you on the latest advice on antimalarials for the area you will be visiting and will tell you if they are available over the counter and will issue a prescription if they are not.
Regular Medication Please check that you have enough of your regular medication to last for your trip.
A charge is made for the following: · Insurance claim for travel cancellation · Confirmation that you are fit to travel, including flying during pregnancy · Negative HIV certificate · Freedom from Infection certificate · Certificate that you need to take needles, syringes etc in your hand luggage (though the list of your medications on the right side of your prescription is usually accepted – check with the airline)
Useful Travel Websites
All offer comprehensive advice on travel safety and health, by country, by activity or by group.
- The Foreign and Commonwealth Office http://www.fco.gov.uk and following the links to travel advice
- NHS (Scotland)’s Fit for Travel http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/
- National travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNac) www.nathnac.org
Caversham Group Practice Travel Clinic charges
|Hepatitis B (If required solely for travel)
|£30 per dose (course of four doses)
|Meningitis ACWY (including certificate required for working in Mecca or going on the Hajj or Umrah pilgrimage)
|Prescription-only medication (e.g antimalarials, alltitude treatment)
The pharmacist will also charge you for the medication.
|Insurance claim for travel cancellation
|Confirmation that you are fit to travel (including flying during pregnancy)
|Negative HIV certificate
|Freedom from Infection certificate
|Certificate that you need to take needles and syringes etc in your hand luggage (though the list of your medications on the right side of your prescription is usually accepted – check with the airline)