There is a shortage of some adult and children's NHS and privately provided vaccines. If they are not available for your appointment, you may be directed to a private clinic
If you require any vaccinations or antimalarial tablets relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse 8 weeks before you travel to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required. All travel advice is strictly by appointment only. We are unable to provide a telephone travel advice service. Please do not book for travel advice with a doctor as they can't help you. You must see a practice nurse.
From 1st March 2017 our travel clinic will run on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday afternoons alternating each week.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
Booking an Appointment
Please see our practice nurse for a travel consultation well in advance of travel. We suggest a minimum of 6-8 weeks before travel to allow time to complete any protection that may be given.
We would first ask you to complete a Travel Questionnaire (also available from reception) so we can assess your risk. Please fill this in and return it to reception prior to your appointment.
It may not be possible to see you if you are travelling at short notice (less than 3 weeks before your departure date) in which case you will be advised to visit a private travel clinic.
We offer the full range of NHS vaccines and some additional vaccines listed below. For some vaccines you will need to attend a specialist centre.
Available Vaccines & Charges
These vaccines are available on the NHS free of charge:
Tetanus/ diphtheria/ polio
Hepatitis A (please be aware that there is a Hepatitis A vaccine shortage and you may be directed to a private clinic if we are unable to provide it)
Typhoid (please be aware that there is a national Typhoid vaccine shortage and you may be directed to a private clinic if we are unable to provide it)
There is a fee for the following vaccines:
Meningitis ACWY and certificate: £45
Hepatitis B for travel, £25 per dose (three or four doses depending on course required). Please be aware there is currently a Hepatitis B restriction. Please consult with a private clinic if you need this vaccine for travel purposes.
The fee for a private prescription for malaria tablets costs £15 (if you are travelling to a malaria region). There will also be a charge for the actual tablets by the pharmacy.
We accept payment by cash or cheque only.
The following vaccines are available at private travel clinics, charges may vary:
Tick borne encephalitis
Local Travel Clinics:
Green Light Pharmacy, 1 Hannaford Walk, Bow, E3 3TF - 0845548556 - www.greenlightpharmacy.com
City Doc Bow, 60 St. Pauls Way, Bow E3 4AL - 02038815993 - www.citydoc.org.uk
You can also get help and advice from your local Boots pharmacy.
These clinics are in no way connected to our practice.
Your Immunisation History
We are able to provide a copy of your previous immunisations via our reception team or if you are registered for our online services you can see this aspect of your medical record. This will enable you to do your own research if you wish but we would still recommend that you make an appointment with our nurse or a private travel clinic.
Please note that the immunisation/vaccine record that we hold may be incomplete. This is generally because you have received injections elsewhere or a long time ago.
Copies of your immunisation history are usually provided free of charge and within 24 hours however this cannot be guaranteed and their provision is covered by the Data Protection act and as such we are entitled to charge and to have 28 days to complete any request if necessary.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
Don't Forget Your EHI Card
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