Travel Health FAQ’s
Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions relating to our travel health consultations and vaccinations
Q. Can I get all of my travel immunisations from my GP?
A. Most General Practices will not be holding travel related vaccines or may not even do Pre Travel Consultations.
Q. How do I avoid rabies?
A. Avoid direct contact with dogs, monkeys and other mammals, as rabies can be transmitted through bites.
Q. Is there anything else that I need to do after I have completed my vaccinations?
A. Yes. Visit your dentist for a check prior to all new trips. Don’t wait until your thousands of miles away from home and your only option being a dentist who doesn’t speak your language.
Q. How soon before I travel do I need to book an appointment?
A. We recommend you book an appointment to see us at least 6-8 weeks before travel. The reason for this is that some vaccine courses are a series of shots that happen over a few weeks. You want to make sure you have enough time to get them all done before you travel.
Q. What do I need to bring to my appointment?
A. Please bring with you details of your medical history eg: any vaccinations you have had in the past, whether you have had the routine childhood vaccinations, any medications you may be on etc.
We also require as much information you can provide on your travel itinerary, where you are going, how long for, types of accommodation you will be staying in, whether you are going to rural areas, whether you are doing any activities at your destination.
Don’t worry if your itinerary isn’t 100% percent confirmed, we can still help. But the more information you give us, the better we can assess the risks for you and recommend appropriate advice.
Q. What if I can’t remember what vaccinations I’ve had in the past?
A. If it is at all possible, please try to find out what vaccinations you have had in the past. As immunity to some vaccines courses can last for many years, you may not require additional shots, or you may require just a booster. The more information you can give us, the better and could save you a few extra needles and dollars. It is possible to do blood tests to see if you have had some vaccines such as Hepatitis A & B in the past.