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Foreign Travel

Foreign Travel Advice And Immunisations

Our practice nurses will be pleased to give advice to those patients going abroad. Please allow adequate time in order for the vaccine(s) to be effective. Certain vaccines are chargeable - please ask the nurse for details.

Before You Go

Well before travelling abroad, check with your travel agent or the tourist office/embassy of the country you intend to visit on any special precautions you may need to take. At least two months before departing discuss any vaccination requirements with the practice nurse. Pack a small first aid kit containing adhesive dressings, insect repellent, antiseptic cream and water purification tablets etc; ask at the pharmacy.

When Abroad

Check on the quality of the drinking water. If in doubt, either drink only bottled water or use water purification tablets. Avoid ice in drinks as this may well have been made from suspect water. Raw vegetables, salads and fresh fruit should be carefully washed in clean water. Again, if in doubt, stick to freshly cooked food.

Beware of the sun! Use a high factor sunscreen especially in the first few days of exposure. Children in particular should be closely monitored.

In hot climates, drink plenty of non-alcoholic drinks. If you are not passing water regularly you are not drinking enough.

On Your Return

If you fall ill tell your doctor that you have travelled abroad and what countries you have just visited. If you have had treatment abroad tell your doctor. When donating blood tell the transfusion staff which countries you have visited.

Further Information

There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below

EuropeEurope & RussiaNorth AmericaNorth America
Central AmericaCentral AmericaindiaSouth America
bulgariaMiddle EastpolandCentral Asia
chinaEast AsiachinaAustralasia and Pacific


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 complete the form and hand it in at the surgery at least 2 months before you travel

 Patient Travel Questionnaire.doc

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