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Going away – don’t forget your holiday jabs!!
If you are planning to travel abroad for your holidays, you may need vaccinations.
Travel vaccinations against diphtheria, polio and tetanus (combined booster), typhoid, hepatitis A & B, and cholera are usually available free on the NHS to protect against diseases thought to represent the greatest risk to public health if brought into the UK.
You're likely to have to pay for travel vaccinations, from designated centres only, against: Hepatitis B when not combined with hepatitis A, Japanese encephalitis and tick-borne encephalitis, meningitis vaccines, rabies, tuberculosis (TB), yellow fever.
The cost varies, but could be around £50 for each dose.
Neither Eagle House or Whitecliff Surgeries provide these vaccines and the closest private clinics are at the Quarterjack Surgery in Wimborne, Sturminster Medical Centre or Abbey View Surgery in Shaftsbury. Some pharmacies and other GP practices may also offer this service, but you will need to ask.
Antimalarial medication can be bought over the counter at a pharmacy, but you should avoid travelling to an area where malaria is a risk if you are pregnant.
Travel vaccination arrangements should be made, if possible, at least eight weeks before you travel, to allow time for a comprehensive risk assessment of your travel plans. Some vaccinations need to be given well in advance to allow your body to develop immunity, and others involve multiple doses spread over several weeks.
Dependent on when and where you travel and the activities you plan, you don’t always need vaccinations
For up-to-date information on which vaccinations are recommended for different countries, see www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations.aspx