What vaccinations do I need?

In the UK, the childhood vaccination programme protects against a number of diseases, such as tetanus, polio and hepatitis A, but it does not cover many other infectious diseases that are found overseas such as cholera, yellow fever and tick-borne encephalitis.

To find out if you need any new vaccinations or boosters before you travel:

  • Download our travel form (pdf version or  word version) and email it, or drop it in to the surgery, ideally eight weeks before you are due to travel.  In order to be effective some vaccines are given in more than one injection several weeks apart so don’t leave it until the last minute!
  • Book a twenty-minute appointment with our practice nurse; she will use the information provided on the form to advise you on any vaccinations you might need.  These can often be given in the same appointment although we generally don’t carry stock of the less common vaccines, eg against Hepatitis B, Rabies and Japanese Encephalitis, so these may have to be ordered specially for you.
  • Check websites such as NaTHNaC (www.nathnac.org.uk) or Fit for Travel ( www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk) for information on infectious and non-infectious disease risks and general information for travellers.

Please note that not all vaccines are free on the NHS, and that we cannot give the Yellow Fever vaccine (as this is a live vaccine and has to be given at a registered centre).  We can tell you whether you require this vaccination but you will need to contact a Travel Centre such as the surgeries at Wyke Regis, The Bridges, Puddletown or Bridport Medical Centre.

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