From 1st April 2022, the way that you receive your vaccinations for overseas travel will change. This means that you will no longer receive these from your GP. These changes are for both adult and childhood travel vaccinations.
To find out more about the vaccinations you may require for your travel destination, please visit the Fit for Travel website at Home – Fit for Travel
Four travel vaccines are provided by the NHS:
|Cholera: Confirmed cholera is rare in travellers and care to avoid contaminated foods and water is more important than vaccination. Vaccination only provides partial protection and is indicated where precautions cannot be taken e.g. refugee camps. This is now only available as an oral vaccine.|
|Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio:For individuals who have not had the basic course of immunisation or a reinforcing dose. Combination vaccine should be administered.|
|Hepatitis A:Recommended for persons travelling to areas of poor sanitation where the degree of exposure to infection is likely to be high.|
|Typhoid: Recommended for areas where food and water is likely to be contaminated. Also available in combination with Hepatitis A vaccine.|
Other vaccines will incur a charge.
How to Book
If you require vaccinations for travel, you can book your vaccination with NHS GGC as follows:
NHS GGC – 0800 917 6115
The service will appoint you for a Travel Health Risk Assessment and advice on any vaccinations required will be given.
Click HERE to view our Travel Health Advice leaflet for general health advice for travelling.
Alternative Local Travel Clinics
|Emcare Travel Clinic||45 Hope Street, Glasgow||0141 404 0075|
|Superdrug||117 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow||0845 026 0830|
|Boots||www.boots.com||make appt online|
|MASTA Travel Clinic||90 Battlefield Road or 90 Mitchell Street||0330 100 4200|
|Parkside Travel Clinic||1407 Pollockshaws Road, Glasgow||0141 636 0054|
Please note, other travel clinics may also be available.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Information concerning your vaccination history can only be issued by the Practice Nurse or Doctor. Reception staff are not qualified to release this information to you. As your vaccination status is very important, your records require to be checked by a clinician. To obtain your vaccination history please submit this request in writing(for medico-legal purposes we are unable to accept e-mail requests) to the Practice Nurse. Please allow at least seven working days for your reply.
Excess quantities of regular repeat prescriptions
A Scottish home and Health Department circular from 1971 clarifies the position on prescribing for patients going abroad for extended periods. It states:-
“If a patient intends to go away for a longer period (than two to three week’s holiday) he/she may not be regarded as a resident of this country and would not be entitled to the benefits of the National Health Service. It may not be in the patient’s best interest for him/her to continue to self-medicate over such longer periods. If a patient is going abroad for a long period, he/she should be prescribed sufficient drugs to meet his/her requirements only until such time as he can place himself/herself in the care of a doctor at his/her destination.”