Travel Health & Vaccination Service
There’s only so much of the British weather that we can handle, which is why many of us travel to experience exotic climates. To make sure you’re prepared for your adventure, your pharmacy is here to help you with all your travel needs, book a consultation and travel vaccination through Hey Pharmacist today!
How does it all work?
Book your appointment
Use the link above to find your nearest pharmacy and book an appointment at a time that best suits you.
Attend your appointment
During the appointment, your pharmacist will advise you on what vaccinations will be needed for your travels. Consultations can take up to 20 minutes.
Start your treatment
You may be able to start your treatment right away. However, some vaccines require more than one dose, so you may need to come back for further appointments.
Why do I need a travel vaccination?
In other areas of the world, there are diseases and illnesses that are much more of a threat than they are here in the UK, which is why we need to make sure we’re vaccinated against them to protect ourselves and others. Some countries require proof of vaccination, otherwise, you won’t be allowed to travel to them. You should especially consider travel vaccinations if you are looking to explore or backpack across rural areas, camping, staying in hostels, and planning a longer trip instead of a package holiday.
Remember, your health and well-being matter. By taking the time to get the right vaccinations, you're doing your part to stay protected and enjoy your travels to the fullest. If you have any questions or concerns, your pharmacist can provide you with the information and support you need. Safe travels!
How to best prepare for your trip
- Schedule your first consultation with your pharmacist at least 6 to 8 weeks before your trip. They can give you valuable advice and help you decide which vaccines are recommended for your specific destinations.
- Make sure to pack a first aid and medical kit that contains regular and special medication you may need during your trip. And don't forget to keep these items in your hand luggage for easy access.
- It's always a good idea to have evacuation and travel insurance that covers any health emergencies you may experience while you're abroad. This way, you can relax and enjoy your trip knowing you're well-prepared.
Frequently Asked Questions
What vaccinations are needed to travel?＋
The vaccinations you need will depend on where you are travelling. By booking a travel vaccination consultation, you’ll be able to discuss with your pharmacist which vaccines and medications are right for you.
What vaccines are available?＋
Your pharmacist will suggest a vaccination and/or tablets for the following depending on your travel plans:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Meningococcal Meningitis
- Tick-borne Encephalitis
- Yellow Fever
When should I have my vaccinations?＋
Ideally you should start your travel vaccination programme at least six weeks before departure, or earlier if possible.
By allowing 4-6 weeks for your vaccination programme, you have time to fit in full courses of vaccines where required which provides you with the best possible protection against certain vaccine preventable diseases. Even if you don’t have time to complete the course before you travel, it is better to start and then complete when you get back. At least four to six weeks before you go. This gives you time to check that your routine UK vaccines are up to date and get any recommended travel vaccines and malaria tablets.
Are there any side effects to a travel vaccination?＋
Like most vaccinations, you may experience some side effects but they are usually short-lived. The most common side effects include e tenderness and swelling at the injection site, fever, irritability, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
What if I’m going on a last minute holiday?＋
It’s not too late - vaccines can be given at short notice and malaria tablets (if needed) can be started the day you go.
Can I receive multiple vaccinations in one visit?＋
Depending on the type of vaccination, you may be able to receive vaccinations for multiple diseases in a single day. The injections will be given at least 2.5cm apart.
What is Malaria?＋
Malaria is a potentially life-threatening disease that is transmitted by female Anopheles mosquitoes, commonly found in tropical regions. Symptoms can resemble those of the flu, including headaches, shivers, sweats, and body aches, accompanied by diarrhoea in some cases. It may take up to 12 months or more for symptoms to appear. Immediate medical attention is essential since untreated malaria can be fatal.
Over 100 countries globally are at risk of malaria, including much of Africa, South America, South East Asia, and India. If you are travelling to any of these areas, it is vital to find out if there is a risk of malaria before you go. Even people who are returning to their home country to visit friends and relatives can get infected.
The best way to prevent malaria is by taking appropriate measures to avoid mosquito bites and taking medication if necessary.