If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6-8 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form 6-8 weeks before coming to see the nurse.
If patients require Meningitis vaccination, Hepatitis B, Yellow Fever or Rabies then you will need to contact a private travel clinic.
TRAVEL RISK ASSESSMENT FORM
Ashford CCG Leaflet
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday.
To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf
(this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
Sun and Skin Checking advice
Skin Cancer advice
Check your moles
Sun Awareness week 14th May- 20th May
A survey by the British Association of Dermatologists shows that one in three British people have been sun burnt in the last year whilst in the UK, and of those 28% were sunburnt three or more times. 46% of Brits travelling abroad last year had been sunburnt.
There is a really short informative patient video available via the link below explaining how sun damage can increase the risk of skin cancer.