Before travelling overseas it is important to be aware of the possible health risks and how to prevent problems, or minimize the chances of them occurring. Most importantly, you should know:
All the Practice Nurses at The Simpson Centre & Penn Surgery are able to give personal travel advice and administer vaccinations. However we advise that you obtain a free personalised health brief from MASTA www.masta.org.uk.
We strongly recommend that you seek advice early, ideally 6-8 weeks prior to travel, as sometimes a course of vaccinations are required to give optimum protection prior to your trip and there may be several weeks necessary between doses. Some injections are only available on a private basis, which will incur a charge.
Unfortunately it may not always be possible to accommodate your requests at the surgery if left too late.
Vaccinations that are available on the NHS and are free include:
Vaccines that are available for a fee include:
There is a £10 charge for duplicate certification or exemption certificates.
Paludrine & Chloroquine & now Malarone are available without a private prescription from most Pharmacy’s over the counter. The nurse or Pharmacist will advise you at your what type of anti-malarial medication is required for your particular destination.
All other malaria tablets are available on a private prescription for which there is an £15 charge. You can then shop around for the best price for the actual tablets as the costs do differ.
At our surgery we use the on line professional Travax system which is up dated daily. You can access its sister site for advice and information from home www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk
Other useful websites that you may access are: