If you’re planning to travel outside the UK, you may need to be vaccinated against some of the serious diseases found in other parts of the world.
In the UK, the NHS routine immunisation (vaccination) schedule protects you against a number of diseases, but doesn’t cover all of the infectious diseases found overseas.
When should I start thinking about the vaccines I need?
If possible, please complete a travel risk assessment form at least 8 weeks before you’re due to travel. These can be collected from reception or complete the online form below.
Some vaccines need to be given well in advance to allow your body to develop immunity.
And some vaccines involve a number of doses spread over several weeks or months.
Not all vaccines can be given at our surgery so you may need to contact your local Travel Clinic i.e. Boots Pharmacy Poole. Any vaccines not covered by the NHS are chargeable at £15.
You may be more at risk of some diseases, for example, if you’re:
- travelling in rural areas
- staying in hostels or camping
- on a long trip rather than a package holiday
If you have a pre-existing health problem, this may make you more at risk of infection or complications from a travel-related illness.
Which travel vaccines do I need?
You can find out which vaccinations are necessary or recommended for the areas you’ll be visiting on these websites:
Some countries require proof of vaccination (for example, for polio or yellow fever vaccination), which must be documented on an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) before you enter or when you leave a country.
Saudi Arabia requires proof of vaccination against certain types of meningitis for visitors arriving for the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages.
Even if an ICVP isn’t required, it’s still a good idea to take a record of the vaccinations you have had with you.
Read more about the vaccines available for travellers abroad.