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Travel Advice / Injections

Travel Vaccinations - Some are Free on NHS and some are Private. Baffins Surgery will no longer offer Non-NHS Travel Vaccines.

There are Travel Clinics locally which provide a full service, such as Portsdown Group or Boots, amongst others. The only vaccines free for travel on the NHS and offered by Baffins Surgery are: Hepatitis A, Cholera, Diptheria, Polio and Tetanus booster, Meningitis C and Typhoid.

If you would like to have your NHS travel vaccines here at Baffins we recommend that you book your appointment 3 months before the date of travel, to ensure that adequate time is available for ordering and administration of full courses where required. In the event that a short notice appointment is requested by patients, we cannot guarantee that adequate time will be available to make available and complete vaccination courses which you may need.

The following are not free on the NHS: Hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis, other meningitis vaccines, rabies, tick-borne encephalitis, tuberculosis, malaria prophylaxis and yellow fever and will require you, the patient, to go to a travel clinic and pay them for administration of these.

GP surgeries and sexual health or GUM clinics usually provide the Hepatitis B vaccination free of charge if you are in an at risk group. At risk groups are:

  • people who inject drugs or have a partner who injects drugs
  • people who change their sexual partners frequently
  • men who have sex with men
  • babies born to infected mothers
  • close family and sexual partners of someone with Hepatitis B
  • anyone who receives regular blood transfusions or blood products
  • people with any form of liver disease
  • people with chronic kidney disease
  • people travelling to high-risk countries
  • male and female sex workers
  • people who work somewhere that places them at risk of contact with blood or body fluids, such as nurses, prison staff, doctors, dentists and laboratory staff
  • prisoners
  • families adopting/fostering children from high-risk countries

GPs are not obliged to provide the hepatitis B vaccine on the NHS if you're not thought to be at risk.

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