Patients are advised to access the NaTHNaC travel website for up to date travel health information to their destination and determine whether they need any vaccinations on http://www.nathnac.org/.
Patients no longer need to complete a travel form & should make a 20 minute appointment with the nurse if they need hepatitis a, typhoid, diptheria, tetanus or polio immunisation & are travelling in more than 8 weeks time.
For travel of more than one month duration OR that involves multiple countries or travel taking place in less than eight weeks’ time, patients are advised to contact a travel clinic for specialist advice. Sussex Travel Clinic are based in Hove (01273 749100) and Worthing (01903 254774) or online www.sussextravelclinic.com.
For all other travel taking place in more than eight weeks’ time, patients can book a 20 minute appointment with the nurse.
- Typhoid vaccination provides 3 years of protection
- Hepatitis A provides 12 months of protection following one vaccination and 25 years plus protection when a booster (2nd vaccination is given after 6 months).
For malaria regions anti-malarial medication is essential in addition to mosquito bite avoidance by using mosquito nets application of insect repellent containing 20-50% DEET is advised and keeping arms and legs covered, especially between dusk and dawn. Further information can be found online at http://www.malariahotspots.co.uk/ or www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk.
Please be aware that a private prescription is required for some anti-malarial medications as these are not provided by the NHS. Willow Green Surgery can provide these but there is a £20 charge.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below:
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.