Coxhoe Medical Practice
Patient Information Leaflet – Travel Vaccinations
Some vaccines are available on the NHS and if you are travelling abroad you will need to start thinking about vaccinations at least 4-6 weeks before you are due to travel. There are some destinations with requirements for multiple vaccinations so you may need to seek advice 2-3 months prior to travel to ensure you can complete the vaccinations in time.
Up to date travel information
Before travelling abroad, it is important to be aware of the possible health risks and how to prevent problems, or minimise 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 ill abroad
- How to get emergency medical treatment when you are abroad
Below are the links to some external websites which will advise you which vaccinations are mandatory, which are strongly recommended and which ones you may want to consider. The websites will also advise on malaria areas
Getting your travel vaccinations
Step 1 Obtain a free Masta vaccine check via www.masta-travel-health.com
This is a quality medical travel guide containing a personal travel schedule for every country on your trip. It will advise about recommended vaccinations, give alerts and warnings for each country including any disease outbreaks, and provide tailored advice for your trip. Make sure you print a copy of your travel information from the website.
Step 2 Decide on your vaccines
The Masta vaccine checker will tell you which vaccinations are mandatory, which ones are strongly recommended, and which ones you may choose to consider. It is up to you to decide which vaccinations you would like to have. If you have had travel vaccines at Coxhoe we will be able to give you the dates that they were administered. We do not hold information on vaccines given elsewhere.
Step 3 Plan your vaccination schedule
Free NHS vaccinations which Coxhoe can provide are Diphtheria, Cholera, Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid and Hepatitis A. You must make an appointment with the Practice Nurse and bring a copy of the Masta vaccine checker information: without this information, our Prcatice Nurse will not be able to provide you with your free NHS vaccinations.
Please note that NHS vaccines less than 4 weeks prior to travel are subject to availability of nurse appointments.
If the Masta vaccine checker recommends other vaccinations that Coxhoe do not provide you can obtain them from one of the nearest travel clinics listed below (please note other travel clinics are available elsewhere):-
- Masta Travel Clinic, Bowburn Pharmacy, 2 Ash Terrace Bowburn, DH6 5AS Telephone: 0300 1004200
- Boots Pharmacy Travel Clinic, 2-5 Market Place, Durham, DH1 3NB Telephone: 0191 3842213
- Superdrug Travel Clinic, 46-50 Northumberland Street, Newcastle, NE1 7DF Telephone: 0333 1228212
Step 4 Antimalarial Medicines
You need to decide whether you need to take antimalarial medicine. The Masta vaccine checker will tell you what type of antimalarial medicine you will need. If you are recommended to take Doxycycline, Malarone or Mefloquine these are available from a private travel clinic (details above).
Antimalarial medicines are available without prescription from pharmacies; contact your local pharmacy to discuss further.
Information about countries and vaccinations required can be found on the links below:
It is important to make the initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 4 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.