Travel Vaccination Policy
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel, you need to make an appointment with the Practice Nurse at least six weeks before your date of departure to discuss your travel arrangements. Please note that individual appointments must be made i.e. one person cannot represent a family or group.
Adults are required to make a DOUBLE APPOINTMENT and children under 16 require a SINGLE APPOINTMENT.
You will be required to collect and complete a travel risk form from Reception prior to your appointment.
No vaccines are given at your initial appointment. The purpose of this is to carry out an accurate risk assessment and establish which vaccines and anti-malarial medications are required.
Where patients are travelling for more than one month and/or have complicated travel schedules, it is advised that they see the Practice Nurse at least three months prior to travel as normally they will also have to arrange an appointment at the Travel clinic.
Patients who have certain allergies/medical conditions may be referred to the Brownlee Centre at Gartnavel Hospital.
If no appointments are available at the Surgery for last minute travellers, patients will be asked to attend a Travel clinic to ensure optimal protection.
Prescriptions for Hepatitis A boosters can be issued without a consultation, provided a Hepatitis A vaccine has been given within the last 6-12 months.
Travel medications issued on NHS prescription are:
- Hepatitis A
- Combined Hepatitis A / Typhoid
- Combined Hepatitis A / Hepatitis B
- Cholera (as per NHSL Guidelines 05.2017)
- Hepatitis B vaccines can be supplied by the Surgery but this will incur a private prescription charge (administration fee) there will be additional cost of the vaccine and dispensing fee by the Pharmacist. This can also be purchased and administered at the travel clinic.
The following vaccines can only be supplied and administered at the Travel clinic:
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Tick Bourne Encephalitis
- Yellow Fever
- Meningococcal Meningitis
- Anti-malarial medication
Chloroquine / Proguanil can be purchased over the counter at any Pharmacy
Doxycycline / Mefloquine (Larium) / Malarone (Atovaquone + Proguanil) issued via private prescription with the additional cost of Pharmacists dispensing fee. It can also be issued by a Travel clinic.
Supply of medication
The Surgery follows the national guidelines supplying a maximum of three months medication for foreign travel.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the Practice Nurse.