Bring back memories, not diseases.
Have you thought about what you need to protect yourself on your next holiday?
Many countries have a risk of serious diseases that you may not be aware of before you travel. Whether it’s for work or pleasure it’s always worth checking. Our travel clinic offers a comprehensive range of essential travel vaccinations alongside a full suite of travel related services.
What are travel vaccines?
Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases. They teach your immune system how to create antibodies that protect you from diseases. And once your immune system knows how to fight a disease, it can often protect you for many years.
What is in a vaccination?
A vaccination contains a small number of bacteria, virus or toxin in a weakened or killed state. When you receive a vaccine, your immune system will start to create antibodies and memory cells to fight the ‘infection’, therefore immunising against the virus.
How long before I travel do I need vaccinations?
Although the average immune response will take around 7-21 days after being vaccinated, it is it recommended to get vaccinated at least 4-6 weeks before you travel. This will not only give vaccines enough time to start working, but also allow enough time for vaccinations which require multiple doses.
Why Elegant Travel Clinic?
We have a team of consultant travel experts including pharmacists, nurses and doctors who are able to offer the most up to date and tailored advice.
You can speak to a pharmacist straight away to talk through your travel options which means you can book an appointment at a time that’s convenient for you. We often have same day, walk in appointments available for last minute travel so just give us a call and I’m sure we will be able to help.
Having a pharmacy as well means we are very competitive on price when it comes to vaccinations and medication.
We offer discounts for large groups such as school trips, scouts, business trips etc.
What vaccinations do I need to travel?
This depends on the country you are travelling to and your medical history.
The most common vaccinations include:
Although this vaccine isn’t routinely needed, but it is recommended for air workers and people likely to have limited access to medical services – people working in refugee camps. Most of cholera cases were noted in regions with poor sanitation and water hygiene, including parts of:
- sub-Saharan Africa
- south and southeast Asia
- the Middle East
- Central America and the Caribbean
The vaccine is usually given as a drink in 2 separate doses, taken 1 to 6 weeks apart with the 2nd dose taken at least a week before you travel.
Hepatitis A vaccination
Hepatitis A is recommended if you are travelling to countries with poor sanitation and hygiene.
These places include:
- sub-Saharan Africa
- the Middle East
- South and Central America
The vaccination against hepatitis A is usually given as a single initial injection, two weeks before you leave, with a second dose 6 to 12 months later. Two doses should protect you for at least 20 years.
Hepatitis B vaccination
Speak to us about having this medication if you are traveling to countries where Hepatitis B is common, including:
- The Middle East
- Southern and eastern Europe
You will need three injections. We advise you to start the injections 6 months before you travel. However, it is possible to have them over the course of three weeks before you travel. You may also be advised to combine this vaccine with Hepatitis A.
Japanese Encephalitis vaccination
Japanese encephalitis (JE) is a viral infection of the brain transmitted to humans by mosquitoes in parts of Asia and the Pacific Rim. Vaccination against Japanese encephalitis is usually recommended if you’re planning a long stay (longer than a month) in a country where you could get the condition.
Consider having this vaccine if:
- you’re visiting country with a tropical climate
- you’re going to visit rural areas, such as rice fields or marshlands
- you are planning on taking part in any activities such as cycling or camping
Vaccination against Japanese encephalitis usually consists of 2 injections, with the second dose given 28 days after the first.
Rabies are usually transmitted to humans by a bike or a scratch from an infected animals, usually a dog. It is recommended to get this vaccination, if you are travelling to a country with many rabies cases, you are planning to stay there for a month or longer and you are unlikely to have access to medical care.
Rabies can be found in many parts of the world. GOV.UK provides a detailed list of countries that have rabies in domestic animals or wildlife. The list can be found here.
Vaccination involves a course of 3 injections before you travel, usually given over a period of 28 days.
Typhoid infection is acquired by the ingestion of food or water contaminated by the bacteria Salmonella Typhi or Salmonella Paratyphi.
High-risk areas include:
- the Indian subcontinent (Bangladesh, Pakistan, India)
- parts of south and southeast Asia
- parts of South and Central America
- parts of the Middle East
Ideally, the typhoid vaccine should be given at least 1 month before you travel, but it can be given closer to your travel date if necessary. If you are regular traveller, you should get a booster vaccination every 3 years.
How much do travel vaccinations cost?
Please get in touch for prices relating to travel vaccinations not listed in the table below.
|Vaccinations||Number of doses||Cost|
|Hepatitis A||2||£45 each|
|Hepatitis B||3||£26 each|
|Tetanus, Diphtheria & Polio||1||£29|
|Japanese Encephalitis||2||£90 each|
|Meningitis B||2||£105 each|
|Tic Bourne Encephalitis||3||£60 each|
|Chicken Pox||2||£60 each|