Every year, millions of people from the UK travel overseas for both business and leisure. While we enjoy visiting different countries it is easy to forget that many places do not have the same easy access to medical facilities and treatments as the UK.
Before travelling overseas, it is important to be aware of any possible health risks, plus how to prevent problems, or minimise the chances of them occurring. Most importantly, you should know:
- how to avoid becoming ill when abroad
- what to do if you become ill when you are abroad, and
- how to get emergency medical treatment when you are abroad
Immunisation can protect you against becoming infected with a disease. Many infectious diseases found in countries outside the UK can be prevented with immunisation. You can greatly reduce your risk of contracting these diseases by being immunised against them before you travel.
If you are travelling, you can get a travel vaccination form from reception which you will need to fill out for each person that is going away.
The nurse will check over what vaccinations will be required and you will be asked to call in to get list and book an appointment for the vaccinations. There may be a charge for some vaccinations – you will be notified of this prior to the appointment taking place.
Children are given there first immunisation at 8 weeks old by the doctor when the mum has her
Clinics for the Immunisations are held on a Wednesday and Thursday afternoon with the nurse, who gives the further 12 and 16 weeks, and again at 12-13 months followed by their last one which is a pre-school booster, given at 3-5 years old.
The surgery offers a flu vaccination to all patients who are aged over 65 years or are in one of the at risk groups.
Drop in clinics will be held in October. Please look out for posters from September and check the website.