Our practice will be pleased to give advice to those patients going abroad. Please allow adequate time in order for the vaccine(s) to be effective. Certain vaccines are chargeable – you will be given an estimation of cost before vaccines are administered.
Before You Go
At least two months before departure please complete a travel form available from the reception desk (sooner if it involves stays of four weeks or more). Then make an appointment to see the practice nurse after one week. This allows ordering of vaccines.
Check the quality of drinking water. If in doubt drink only bottled water or use water purification tablets. Avoid ice in drinks as this may well have been made from suspect water. Raw vegetables, salads and fresh fruit should be carefully washed in clean water. If in doubt stick to freshly cooked food.
Beware of the sun! Use a high factor sunscreen particularly in the first few days of exposure. Children in particular should be closely monitored in this respect.
In hot climates, drink plenty of non-alcoholic drinks. If you are not passing water regularly you are not drinking enough.
On Your Return
If you fall ill, don’t forget to tell your doctor that you have been abroad. If you have received treatment abroad, tell your own doctor on your return. When donating blood, tell the transfusion staff which countries you have visited.