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Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 1PS
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Bucks, HP10 8LQ

Travel Advice & Vaccinations

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:

  • Whether there are any specific health risks in the country you are travelling to for which you need to take precautions- for example, malaria
  • How to avoid becoming ill when you are abroad
  • What to do if you become unwell
  • How to get emergency medical treatment

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:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Hep A / Typhoid combined
  • Diptheria, Tetanus & Polio
  • MMR

Vaccines that are available for a fee include:

  • Hepatitis B - £38 per dose (course = 3 doses)
  • Paediatric Hep B - £27 per dose
  • Yellow Fever - £60 inc. certificate (from the Simpson Centre only)
  • Meningitis ACWY - £55
  • Rabies - £55 per dose (course = 3 doses). Not always available.

There is a £10 charge for duplicate certification or exemption certificates.

Malaria Tablets:

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:

www.fco.gov.uk/travel excellent resource for back packers
www.masta.org
www.malariahotspots.co.uk
www.nathnac.org

Remember:

  • Allow adequate time to get vaccination advice
  • A dental check-up before you travel may prevent problems whilst you are away
  • Take adequate supplies of any prescribed medications
  • Take out Health Insurance to cover your chosen destination and activities. A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitles you to free or reduced rate medical care in most EU countries. You can apply for one free of charge online (www.dh.gov.uk), by phone (0845 606 2030), or by post using a form from the post office.
  • Pack a first aid kit (a sterile kit of emergency equipment may be a good idea if you are going somewhere remote).