Travelling and going abroad can be an unforgettable experience. However, to prepare for your travels, you need to take the right measures to stay safe and healthy. One of the main things to consider before leaving is to get all of the vaccinations that you will need for your chosen destination.
Below, we have answered some of the common questions that we get asked regarding travel vaccinations.
7 Common Questions Answered About Travel Vaccinations
Are Travel Vaccinations Free?
Most travel vaccinations are not cost-free, however in the UK the Typhoid Fever is given for free on the NHS. Other vaccinations such as Yellow Fever and Rabies have a cost behind them. However, there are often waiting lists and long lead up times with the NHS, so using a private doctor is beneficial because you can pay and get seen quicker.
Which Destinations Might I Need vaccinations For?
Many destinations require you to have vaccinations before you travel to them, however it is even more important to get vaccinations to underdeveloped countries – such as Africa, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and South and Central America.
When Should I Get Travel Vaccinations?
Many vaccinations are given in a series of shots over a specific period of time, but most of them should be given at least a month before travel. Also take into consideration that if you are having these through the NHS, there may be a waiting time for the vaccinations, so book in plenty of notice.
Where Do I Get My Travel Vaccinations?
Firstly, you should phone your GP practise to find out whether your existing vaccinations are up-to-date, and which ones you will need for your travel. You can then ask them if they offer the travel vaccinations that you need, as this may determine whether you use NHS services, or a private clinic.
How Long Do Travel Vaccinations Last?
Each vaccination has a different durability – which can range from 2 years to 10 years. Vaccinations such as Yellow Fever have a life long effect, but others require boosters. You should always check before you travel if you need a booster vaccination, even if you had it in the past.
Will I Get Any Side Effects From My Travel Vaccinations?
Side effects following the vaccinations may include pain, swelling and redness at the injection site. Occasionally, you may experience fever, headaches and tiredness – which you can counteract by drinking plenty of fluids and paracetamol if you have a fever.
How Effective Are Travel Vaccinations?
The World Health Organisation states that no vaccine is 100% effective, however most vaccines are 85-95% effective.
Vaccinations are vital for when you are travelling, but it is also a good idea to pack a first aid kit with you for where you are going. This should include mosquito repellent and water tablets if necessary. It is also a good idea to get some background knowledge on the destination that you will be travelling to, and here at Park Private Clinic we offer free travel advice, 7 days a week to suit your schedule. Call us now to book your consultation.