Bring back memories, not diseases. Have you thought about what you need to protect yourself on your next holiday? Many countries have a risk of serious diseases that you may not be aware of before you travel. Whether it’s for work or pleasure it’s always worth checking. Our travel clinic offers a comprehensive range of essential travel vaccinations alongside a full suite of travel related services.
Preparing for a trip abroad can be stressful, and the to-dos can feel endless. We will help you by identifying and carrying out the vaccinations you need for the country you’re visiting, allowing you to tick that off your list.
We provide vaccinations for children and the elderly, so that you can relax in knowing that your whole family is protected ahead of your travels.
We are often available for same day or walk-in appointments, and we are competitive on vaccination and medication pricing. We are also able to offer discounts for large travel groups.
Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases. They teach your immune system how to create antibodies that protect you from diseases. And once your immune system knows how to fight a disease, it can often protect you for many years.
A vaccination contains a small number of bacteria, virus or toxin in a weakened or killed state. When you receive a vaccine, your immune system will start to create antibodies and memory cells to fight the ‘infection’, therefore immunising against the virus.
Although the average immune response will take around 7-21 days after being vaccinated, it is it recommended to get vaccinated at least 4-6 weeks before you travel. This will not only give vaccines enough time to start working, but also allow enough time for vaccinations which require multiple doses.
Our clinic in Canford Cliffs have a team of consultant travel experts including pharmacists, nurses and doctors who are able to offer the most up to date and tailored advice.
You can speak to a pharmacist straight away to talk through your travel options which means you can book an appointment at a time that’s convenient for you. We often have same day, walk in appointments available for last minute travel so just give us a call and I’m sure we will be able to help.
Having a pharmacy as well means we are very competitive on price when it comes to vaccinations and medication.
We offer discounts for large groups such as school trips, scouts, business trips etc.
This depends on the country you are travelling to and your medical history.
Although this vaccine isn’t routinely needed, but it is recommended for air workers and people likely to have limited access to medical services – people working in refugee camps. Most of cholera cases were noted in regions with poor sanitation and water hygiene, including parts of:
south and southeast Asia
the Middle East
Central America and the Caribbean
The vaccine is usually given as a drink in 2 separate doses, taken 1 to 6 weeks apart with the 2nd dose taken at least a week before you travel.
Hepatitis A is recommended if you are travelling to countries with poor sanitation and hygiene.
These places include:
the Middle East
South and Central America
The vaccination against hepatitis A is usually given as a single initial injection, two weeks before you leave, with a second dose 6 to 12 months later. Two doses should protect you for at least 20 years.
Speak to us about having this medication if you are traveling to countries where Hepatitis B is common, including:
The Middle East
Southern and eastern Europe
You will need three injections. We advise you to start the injections 6 months before you travel. However, it is possible to have them over the course of three weeks before you travel. You may also be advised to combine this vaccine with Hepatitis A.
Japanese encephalitis (JE) is a viral infection of the brain transmitted to humans by mosquitoes in parts of Asia and the Pacific Rim. Vaccination against Japanese encephalitis is usually recommended if you're planning a long stay (longer than a month) in a country where you could get the condition.
Consider having this vaccine if:
you're visiting country with a tropical climate
you're going to visit rural areas, such as rice fields or marshlands
you are planning on taking part in any activities such as cycling or camping
Vaccination against Japanese encephalitis usually consists of 2 injections, with the second dose given 28 days after the first.
Rabies are usually transmitted to humans by a bike or a scratch from an infected animals, usually a dog. It is recommended to get this vaccination, if you are travelling to a country with many rabies cases, you are planning to stay there for a month or longer and you are unlikely to have access to medical care.
Rabies can be found in many parts of the world. GOV.UK provides a detailed list of countries that have rabies in domestic animals or wildlife. The list can be found here.
Vaccination involves a course of 3 injections before you travel, usually given over a period of 28 days.
Typhoid infection is acquired by the ingestion of food or water contaminated by the bacteria Salmonella Typhi or Salmonella Paratyphi.
High-risk areas include:
the Indian subcontinent (Bangladesh, Pakistan, India)
parts of south and southeast Asia
parts of South and Central America
parts of the Middle East
Ideally, the typhoid vaccine should be given at least 1 month before you travel, but it can be given closer to your travel date if necessary. If you are regular traveller, you should get a booster vaccination every 3 years.
As a fully qualified prescribing pharmacist, I am well versed in advising on and administering travel vaccinations. It would be my pleasure to help you safely equip yourself and your family ahead of your trip!