If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required. There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this 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 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
Please complete the following form with your travel information and return it to the surgery 6-8 weeks prior to travel.
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Please note: Our Thurrock practice offers a private travel clinic which is available to non-registered patients. In Medway, we offer yellow fever vaccinations to non-registered patients, but all other travel services are only available to registered patients.
These can be caught by contact with infected body fluids (blood, saliva etc.) and from unprotected sex or drug abuse. These infections are world-wide. Always practice safe sex, i.e. condom, and never share needles. You may also be at risk in places where screening of blood products and sterilisation of medical equipment is inadequate. If unsure, take a sterile medical kit with you. Keep open wounds/cuts covered.
Try not to get burnt. Repeated sunburn can cause various skin diseases, including cancer. Use an effective sunscreen and apply it often. Do not sunbathe during the hottest part of the day and wear a brimmed hat to protect your head and face.
Accidents are the most common cause of holiday disasters. Many of the safety laws protecting you at home simply may not exist abroad. Examples include drink driving, crash helmets when riding scooters/motorbikes and seatbelt regulations. Common sense will prevent many accidents if you just take time to think. Accidents are not confined to vehicles. Alcohol is the direct cause of many accidents and complicates others, like falling asleep in the sun. As many accidents are minor, take a first aid kit which is relevant to the type of holiday, and make sure that one of your party can use it properly.
Do not travel without insurance. Try to assess the potential risks of some of the more adventurous holiday activities before trying them and remember that some activities will not be covered by standard holiday insurance. Be aware that your insurance will not be valid if you knowingly do not declare an existing medical condition. If in doubt check with the insurance company as you may need to pay a small excess payment.
Further disease information is available from your travel clinic or on the National Health Travel Network & Centre (NATHNAC) on 0845 602 6712 9am – 12 noon & 2pm – 4.30pm weekdays.
This is a clot in an artery in your legs that can then travel to your lungs or brain, resulting in a potential stroke. Being sedentary for long periods increases the risk of DVT. When travelling on a long plane flight, doing gentle leg exercises by circulating your ankle around and raising your toes up and down will aid blood flow to your veins. Walking around the plane at regular intervals also helps reduce DVT.
Important note: This information is for our patient’s use only as an extension of their travel consultation. Every reasonable endeavour has taken to ensure accuracy of this information and that it is the latest available at the time of issue.