The practice offers advice and vaccines required for travelling abroad. As this is a time consuming service, we ask that you send back or hand in your completed travel risk assessment form as far in advance of your trip as possible. At least 6 weeks is preferable. It may also take time to provide you with adequate cover from your vaccinations. We will then arrange the required prescription and appointments for you to have your vaccines. Please make sure that you provide a telephone number on which you can be contacted on during the day. Occasionally you may have some urgent reason that means you cannot plan your travel in advance. Under these circumstances we will do our best to help. You may still be able to receive some protection at the last minute. Not all vaccines are available on an NHS prescription. You will be charged a fee for these for a private prescription.
After collecting your vaccines from the pharmacy, it is important that you store them in your fridge between 2 degrees and 8 degrees until your appointment.
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.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please complete the online form below and submit this to us or print it out and hand in for the Practice Nurse to assess which vaccinations may be required. A £20 charge is payable for this service.
Or visit www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk for travel health information for travelling abroad from the UK. The website is provided by NHS (Scotland)
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)
Post vaccination advice
Some people will develop slight tenderness, redness and sometimes swelling at the site of the injection and a small number may experience slight fever, headache, general aching and malaise approximately 24 hours after the vaccination, lasting about 24 hours. You are advised to take regular analgesia to reduce your temperature (e.g. paracetamol if this is suitable for you) and to drink plenty of non alcoholic fluids. A cold compress applied to the site of the injection may relieve the discomfort. We do request you wait within the vicinity of the surgery for approximately 10 minutes after receiving any vaccines. This is merely a precaution, because in extremely rare circumstances, a person can have an immediate and sometimes severe allergic reaction which would require medical attention.
Specific information about Yellow Fever Vaccine
The symptoms described above under general side effects can sometimes occur in yellow fever vaccine 5-10 days after vaccination and last a little longer. Please also refer to the NaTHNaC Yellow Fever leaflet provided or found at http://www.nathnac.org/pro/documents/YFvaccineinfofortravellers.pdf .
If concerned about your condition it is wise to contact your doctor or practice nurse – the telephone number for YOUR SURGERY IS 01560 320205 (Darvel), 01560 320120 (Newmilns), or for NHS 24 111