Hep A Vaccines – National Shortage
There is currently a national shortage of the Hep A Vaccines which is affecting all GP surgeries and travel clinics. We may not be able to give you this vaccine in your travel consultation.
If you are travelling abroad please make sure you contact us in plenty of time to arrange any vaccinations that may be necessary.
Please allow at least 6 weeks before the date of your holiday to visit our travel clinic or longer if your schedule is complicated and lengthy.
- The Practice Nurses will look at your travel needs and assess:
- which vaccines you will need
- what travelling advice to give you
- and whether anti-malarial tablets are needed.
Please note – Extra care is needed if your schedule is complicated ( Backpacking or travelling to Far East, India, Africa, Central and South America) In these circumstances you should give us as much information as possible i.e. exact locations and what you will be doing in these countries, as well as what sort of transport and accommodation you will be using.
Remember that some immunisations involve a course of vaccines which can only be given effectively over a period of time. A good immunity against some diseases can take time to obtain. This may involve up to 4 or 5 appointments.
There is a cost for some of our travel vaccines.
Vaccines that are chargeable include: Yellow Fever, Meningitis for travellers, Hepatitis B for Travellers.
We are a Yellow Fever Centre.
NB. Yellow Fever has always been very common in Central African Countries but now is on the increase in parts of South America. You may be asked for a certificate in a country which does not have Yellow Fever if travelling from one that does.
If you have a chicken/egg allergy the Yellow fever Vaccine cannot be given.
If you have serious health problems the Yellow Fever vaccine may not be effective or can increase the risks of complications of the vaccine itself, and it may be best not to have the yellow fever vaccine. In these cases careful consideration should be taken as to whether you should be travelling to these countries at all.
Time in our Travel Clinic is limited and it is very useful if you have researched your holiday yourself before coming to the Clinic.
Alternative Travel Clinics
Not all patients will be able to attend our travel clinic due to pressure on appointments or due to short notice travel.
You may wish to make alternative Travel Clinic arrangements. The nearest private Travel Clinics are:
The Hertfordshire Clinic, St Albans
Tel: 01727 898162
Tel: 01442 236733
Masta Travel Clinic Newport Pagnell
Tel: 0330 100 4268
Superdrug Clinic, Milton Keynes
Tel: 0845 026 0830