Foreign Travel Health
If you are travelling outside Europe, North America or Australia
/ New Zealand, you are likely to need preventive health advice
specific to the countries you are visiting; this needs to be
accurate and up-to-date and can be obtained from the following
numbers (Please note that calls will cost at least 50p per minute):
The Hospital for Tropical Diseases – 0906 133 7733
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine – 0906 701 0095
Malaria Reference Laboratory – 0906 550 8908
The practice nurse is happy to give advice, by appointment, on
vaccination and other health requirements for foreign travel
although patients may need expert travel advice from the specialists
at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine if the travel itinerary is
intricate or has multiple destinations.
If you require travel vaccinations please download and complete
the Travel Vaccination Questionnaire and bring or fax it to the
practice when you book your appointment.
Download the Travel Vaccination Questionnaire HERE
Once specialist advice has been obtained, the vaccinations can be
administered, at the traveller’s discretion, either by Liverpool
School of Tropical Medicine, who may charge a fee, or by Tracey Peet,
our Practice Nurse, free of charge.
Please note that it is the travel advice itself that requires the
expertise not the actual vaccination(s).
You can obtain travel and travel vaccination advice from the
Department of Health’s own travel advice website on
Another useful travel website can be found at
www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/ which is a public access website
provided by NHS Scotland.
For a small fee, you can obtain a full and informative travel health
brief personally designed for travellers from the Masta Travel
Following appropriate assessment, vaccinations will be scheduled.
Please note there is a charge for Yellow Fever and for certain other
vaccinations that are not routinely provided by the practice.
For some courses of treatment to be effective they need to be
started several weeks before travel - please don’t leave making an
appointment to the last minute. Ideally travel vaccination should be
completed at least 6 weeks before travel but a minimum of 4 weeks
notice is required. If you give us less notice than this we may try
to accommodate you, however, much will depend on the Practice
Nurse’s work load and the complexity of your travel itinerary.
Please be prepared to be told to attend the Liverpool School of
Tropical Medicine instead.
For those patients with complex itineraries or for those working
abroad for longer than 3 months it can be very difficult to work out
the appropriate vaccinations and you may need to attend the
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
Patients giving less than 1 week’s notice will need to attend
the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
Malaria is a dangerous tropical infection against which you will
need to take precautions before travel.
We will provide private prescriptions for malaria tablets following
a telephone consultation with your GP. Before making an appointment
for a telephone consultation you should:
• have consulted
authoritative advice about the currently most suitable
• ensure you are not pregnant or intending to conceive in the
time the anti-malaria tablets are being taken
• intend using other anti-mosquito precautions such as repellent
sprays and bed nets.
There may be a fee for
the private prescription.
Garswood Surgery is a designated WHO
Yellow Fever Vaccination
Yellow Fever vaccine is very effective against this deadly disease.
It protects you from 10 days after the vaccination, and is
administered in a single injection. It is vital that you have this
vaccination for all areas where the disease occurs. The current
advice is to have the vaccination repeated every 10 years.
In countries where there are mosquitoes that could transmit the
virus, actual documentation is required before you can obtain
permission to enter the country, which states that you have been
vaccinated against yellow fever. This can only be provided by a
stamp in the yellow international vaccination card issued by a WHO
recognised vaccination centre.
You do not need to be a patient of Garswood Surgery for us to
vaccinate you against Yellow Fever.
This vaccine is expensive. It has a short shelf life and so we do
not stock it routinely. As it is sometimes difficult to obtain, we
require notice that you need this vaccination so that we can ensure
that we have supplies of the vaccine beforehand.
If you require a yellow fever vaccination please download and
complete the Yellow Fever Questionnaire and bring or fax it to the
practice when you book your appointment.
Download the Yellow Fever Questionnaire
Please telephone the practice to make an appointment for your Yellow
Fever vaccination at least 12 days before travelling. The staff will
advise you of the current cost of the vaccination which includes the
International Certificate of Vaccination.
It is possible that we would not recommend Yellow Fever vaccination
People over the age of 60 years
People with an Immune Deficiency
Children under age 9 months
If necessary we will provide letters of exemption from Yellow Fever
vaccination. The cost of this is £20.00.
CLICK HERE for an interactive world map which has the latest
information about the country situation with respect to yellow fever
vaccination requirements and recommendations and malaria risk and
We recommend you use anti-mosquito measures and take out Travel
If you have a medical condition, you should inform the Insurance
Company about this.
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