Need A Yellow Fever Vaccine?
These vaccines last 10 years, so if you know you are due to go on holiday to a area in the world which would require yellow fever immunity why not book your vaccine sooner rather than later. Contact reception at our Danes Dyke branch to arrange your appointment with the practice nurse.
Some travel vaccines are only available as a private service and therefore incur a charge.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. You will have to inform the nurse of the countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required. 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 - preferably 8 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment may be required for further vaccinations. Even if you are travelling at short notice it is still necessary to make an appointment with the practice nurse to see if any vaccines can be administered, although ideally vaccines should be given at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines time to work. Some vaccines need to be ordered as they are not kept in stock.
Although some vaccines are available on the NHS most travel vaccines have to be issued and administered as a private service and therefore incur additional charges as below:
|£60 INC VAT|
MALARONE - 12 TABLETS
|£31.20 INC VAT|
MALARIA SCRIPT FEE
THIS WILL BE CHARGED FOR PROVISION OF A PRIVATE PRESCRIPTION BY ONE OF OUR GPS
HEPATITIS BCOURSE OF 3 INJECTIONS
£65.00 + VAT
£34.00 + VAT
Drugs may be purchased privately to take on holiday in case of illness (eg antibiotics); further details on request.
REMEMBER TO TAKE WITH YOU ANY MEDICATION YOU HAVE BEEN PRESCRIBED FOR EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS. YOU MAY NEED A LETTER FROM YOUR DOCTOR WHEN CARRYING CERTAIN MEDICINES.
A BASIC FIRST AID KIT CONTAINING ELASTOPLAST, SIMPLE PAINKILLERS, ANTISEPTIC CREAM, INSECT REPELLENT ETC MAY BE USEFUL WHILE ON HOLIDAY.
Travelling to some holiday destinations can bring risks to health, but with care you can minimise exposure to most health hazards.
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE SUN
We all feel better when the sun is shining, but the sun can be harmful. Too much exposure can lead to skin cancer in later life. Protection is important in Britain as well as abroad. Simple, inexpensive precautions are very effective:
- Cover your head, especially if hair is thinning.
- Wear loose fitting, closely woven clothes.
- Protect your eyes with good sunglasses.
- Avoid the sun between 11 am and 3 pm when strongest and most likely to burn.
- Use high factor sun creams (greater than factor 15). These will filter out some of the UVA rays, which cause ageing, and UVB rays which cause burning.
Children’s skin is especially vulnerable. Sunburn in childhood can lead to skin cancer in later life. Keep children in the shade, protect them with suitable clothing, a hat and high protective sunscreens.
If your child’s skin gets sunburnt:
- Take them indoors, out of the sun immediately.
- Shower with cool, not cold, water and apply ‘Aftersun’ or calamine lotion.
- Encourage plenty of fluids.
- If the child has serious burns or is unwell seek medical help.
EAT AND DRINK SAFELY
Wherever you are in the world be careful about what you eat and drink. Food and water may be contaminated in many ways. If you are unsure about the water supply do not use it for drinking, cleaning teeth, washing food or ice making. Use bottled water (checking the seal is unbroken).
Swim only where the water is clean and safe. Sea, rivers and lakes can be contaminated.
Always wash your hands after visiting the toilet and before handling food.
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES
Sexually transmitted diseases are a serious threat to health throughout the world. Condoms offer some protection against them so take a supply with you.
INSECT OR ANIMAL BITES
Some tropical diseases are spread by insect bites. Protect yourself with repellent creams and sprays; cover arms and legs when walking in wooded areas, long grass and by still water. Animal bites are painful and can become infected. Be wary of touching any animals. If bitten, wash the area thoroughly with clean water and seek medical advice.
RETURNING FROM HOLIDAY
If you become unwell after returning from abroad do not forget to tell your doctor that you have been out of the UK and which countries you have visited. If you have been taking anti-malarial tablets remember to continue for the recommended time after your return.