If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to comnplete a travel form and make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
Advice for patients travelling abroad:
- If you are planning a trip abroad we would encourage you to review health recommendations for your trip on NHS website fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk
- Please complete practice travel form a minimum of 6 weeks prior to your planned departure and book a Practice Nurse appointment
- The practice nurse will assess travel vaccinations required for your trip and advise you at the pre-booked appointment.
- Diptheria, tetanus, polio, hepatitis A, typhoid, cholera and MMR are provided free by the NHS.
- You will be signposted to a private travel clinic if you require the following vaccinations – Rabies, Yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, Tick borne encephalitis or antimalarials.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
If it is more than ten years since they had a boosting dose of oral Polio vaccine parents should receive a boosting dose at the same time as their baby's first immunisations.
Some travel vaccines and anti-malarial prescription you may require are not covered by the NHS and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. If several are required this can be quite costly. There are also several private travel clinics in Edinburgh if you prefer.
Please note; we will not undertake immunisations within six weeks of departure. Please go directly to a private clinic if this is the case.
Remember if travelling in Europe take your EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) card with you. If you need a new one click here: Apply for EHIC
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice please fill out the form below, hand it in to reception and book a Practice Nurse appointment.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.