St Johns Medical Centre

Travel Clinics

Travel Vaccinations

Our Practice Nurses are trained to advise patients on recommended travel vaccinations. Whilst vaccinations and malaria prevention may not be essential for certain destinations, they may be advisable, and our Practice Nurses can provide advice tailored to individual circumstances and requirements e.g. destination, duration, type of holiday and accommodation, taking into account patients’ vaccination and medical history.

Most vaccinations need to be given at least 2 weeks prior to travel to be fully effective and some involve a course of 3 injections over a period of 4 weeks. We recommend that patients book an initial travel consultation ideally 6-8 weeks prior to travel, to discuss travel plans and to allow for the appropriate course(s) of vaccinations to be administered. It is particularly important to attend well in advance if  a varied itinerary such as a backpacking trip is planned.

Not all vaccinations are funded by the NHS and will incur a private charge; please refer to the Travel Vaccination Fees schedule for details.



Malaria Prevention

Malaria can be a serious condition passed on through an infected mosquito bite. Medication can prevent development of malaria but of far more importance is prevention of the mosquito bite; insect repellent and a mosquito net are essential.

Patients travelling to more exotic destinations may require preventative medication for malaria, particularly in parts of Asia, the Far East, Africa and South America. Our practice nurses can advise on malaria prevention treatment requirements, which can vary dependent on travel itinerary. Some medications can be purchased over the counter, but others require a prescription which will be provided on a private basis.

Altitude Sickness

Patients travelling to mountainous areas such as Nepal or Peru may be at risk of Altitude Sickness. There is currently one medication sometimes advised but it is unlicensed, can have side effects and should be discussed with your doctor. It is sensible to follow the longstanding advice of gradual acclimatisation to the altitude and returning to lower levels at night time if possible.

Travel information links

The following links provide information about vaccinations for certain destinations and information on prevention of malaria.

Useful links to travel health information sites:

Travel insurance and travel to Europe

We strongly recommend that patients take out appropriate travel insurance and, if travelling in Europe, apply for a free EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) which offers access to reduced costs for medical treatment.