If you are travelling overseas for a holiday, you may need to obtain additional information, immunisations or medications to prevent contracting certain illnesses. Leaving this until the last minute can cause difficulty for you - travel advice is a complex area and is becoming increasingly specialised and guidance often changes. In addition, protection afforded by immunisations very close to the time of travel may not be sufficient and side effects from the inoculations may not occur until you are travelling or at your destination.
You may be aware that for a number of years the practice has provided advice on health precautions and vaccinations required for travelling abroad. A considerable amount of GP time is required to do this, especially when itineraries are complex. We have taken the decision to stop offering this service to allow GPs to continue providing other aspects of health care.
We recommend you look at:
www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk Using this site you can found out the health risks and precautions you can take of each country you might be visiting. If you don’t have your own record of immunisations you have had we can supply you a print out of what has been recorded on your GP record, but please be aware that this might not include vaccines you have had in a previous practice. If you need further advice or immunisations please consult a specialist (private) travel health clinic. The nearest one we have been able to locate is
Alert Health in Inverness 01463 710441 (if age 16 and over)
Two types of antimalarial tablets: chloroquine and proguanil are available from pharmacists.
You can also access fit to travel using the links below;
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.
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)