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Getting travel vaccinations

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Not all travel vaccinations are free, and not all will be available from your GP. If you know which vaccinations you need, it is a good idea call your GP surgery to find out whether they are available there and how much they will cost.

If your GP cannot provide the vaccinations that you need, they should be able to refer you to a specialist travel clinic. Alternatively, you can use the useful links to find a travel clinic in your area. 

Yellow fever vaccines are only available from designated centres. The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) can help you find where you can get a yellow fever vaccination.

Cost

Some vaccinations may be available free of charge on the NHS for overseas travel. This will depend on your risk of developing the medical condition - for example, due to where you are travelling to, and what you are planning to do on your trip. The following vaccines may be free of charge:

  • cholera,
  • diphtheria, poliomyelitis, and tetanus booster,
  • hepatitis A,
  • meningitis C, and
  • typhoid.

The following vaccines are not usually available free of charge on the NHS for overseas travel:

  • hepatitis B,
  • Japanese encephalitis,
  • other meningococcal vaccines,
  • rabies,
  • tick-borne encephalitis,
  • tuberculosis, and
  • yellow fever.

Your GP may charge for these vaccines (including an administration fee), although the fee will generally be less than at private clinics.

The cost of travel vaccines at private clinics will vary, but could be around £50 for each dose of a vaccine. Therefore, if a vaccine requires three doses, the total cost could be around £150. It is worth taking this into consideration when budgeting for your trip.

Vaccination

Vaccination or immunisation is usually given by an injection that makes the body's immune system produce antibodies that will fight off a virus.

Diseases

A disease is an illness or condition that interferes with normal body functions.
Medical Review: January 19, 2010

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