If you are travelling to counties other than northern & central Europe, north America or Australia vaccinations are usually recommended.
To find out the recommendations for the countries you are visiting, check www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk
Your specific need for vaccinations will depend on:
- Where you stay
- How long you will be away for
- What activities you will be doing
if you are in good health, travelling only for a few days to a major city for a conference or meeting, staying and eating in good class accommodation, then your risks of most infections will be very small.
If your stay is longer, or you may be living, eating or working in places with poor hygiene or sanitation, or you are not sure, then you are strongly recommended to have the vaccinations listed as ‘usually advised’ on the Fit for Travel website.
Where a vaccine is recommended as ‘sometimes advised’, you should seek advice from one of the doctors or practice nurses.
The length of protection afforded by vaccination varies from vaccine to vaccine.
The surgery can provide all vaccinations required for work or for overseas travel.
Immunity takes some time to develop, and if you require several vaccines, they may need to be given some weeks apart, so you should ideally arrange to start vaccinations 2 months before you intend to travel.