Trips to far away destinations are increasingly popular and the lower costs plus faster transport make it feasible for the many. The variety of different adventurous type trips are also on the increase.
This is all good news, however, with such diversity, the risk of travel to your health is increased and this makes the appointment with the nurse more complex. For example, we need to know about your travel itinery and any significant aspects of your health in the past.
These are typical questions we will be asking:-
- When are you departing and how long for?
- where are you going including the destinations within a country?
- Have you taken out travel insurance and have you informed the company if you have any medical condition?
- If female and of child bearing age, is there any possibility you could be pregnant? If we ned to give you any injections?
- Do you have any medical conditions - these can interfere for example with the type of malaria tablets that can be chosen if you were traveling to a country that has malaria?
We need to perform a risk assessment (The Travel Risk Assessment form is below or you can collect on from main reception at St Catherines) before deciding which vaccines are recommended and the advice that will best address your needs.
For this reason the appointment could take 20 minutes or even a little longer. Within this surgery we plan to give you the necessary injections within the appointment time to save you having to come back.
Modern vaccines are excellent today, so if you do feel nervous, please try not to worry - people are always surprised at how easy the injections are and unlike experiences remembered from the past!
It would help us greatly if you had some awareness of the travel health problems that you may be of risk from on your trip before you come for your appointment. Before you attend you appointment please go to the website (link below, print off and read the information for the country you are visiting and bring it to the appointment with you.
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. If required, vaccines may have to be ordered as they may not be a stock vaccine. Your last 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.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form at least 5 working days before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are traveling 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)