Travel Vaccinations

If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel  we advise patients to visit the following websites to assess their own health risk.

http://www.nathnac.org/travel/

http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx

Travel Vaccination Enquiry Form

Once you have ascertained what vaccines are needed, please complete the form below and return it to the Practice.

The form will be reviewed by the Practice Nurse who will  check your medical records to identify which of the requested vaccines you need. Please call the practice  1 week after submitting your application, to find out what vaccines are required and to book a suitable appointment.

Further information on the  countries and  required vaccinations can be found on the links below.

Europe Europe & Russia North America North America
Central America Central America South America South America
Caribbean Caribbean Africa Africa
Middle East Middle East Central Asia Central Asia
East Asia East Asia Australasia Australasia and Pacific

It is important to complete the form as early as possible  – at least 6 weeks before you travel – as an 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 appointment needs to be at least 3 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to become effective.

Please note that the Practice does noes supply vaccines that are currently not funded by the NHS. These private vaccines can be sourced at Hitchin Health Station.

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://europa.eu/index_en.htm (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)

What is provided at this Practice:

For background information, this Practice is an NHS General Medical Services practice and is, therefore, governed by the current legislation contained in The National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) Regulations 2004, which details those travel immunisations that can be provided within NHS Services. These immunisations include typhoid, polio and infectious hepatitis (also known as Hepatitis A). There are public health reasons why the government chooses to pay for these immunisations. GPs are paid for this work through the “global sum”. The GPs do not have to provide these immunisations as they are classified as an additional service, and can choose to “opt-out” should they wish. Immunisations for tetanus/diphtheria/polio (only come as a single combined vaccine now) are deemed as routine, not travel, so can be provided if required, on the NHS.

What to do now:

Should you require any immunisations  not provided by the Practice, we strongly advise our patients to seek an alternative service provider, either locally, at the Health Station in Hitchin telephone number 01462 459595 or by the Travel Clinic recommended by your Travel Agent.