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Travel Vaccinations

Please read all the information below before booking/attending an appointment for travel vaccinations or anti-malarial medication.

If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel, make sure you plan your travel vaccinations well in advance, as you will generally need to start receiving your immunisations at least 8 weeks before you depart.

You first need to visit the:- Fit for Travel website, to determine what vaccinations you are required/advised to have.  This will include which countries and areas within countries you are visiting.  You will need to print your Fit for Travel recommended vaccination information and bring it with you to your appointment (If you do not bring this information sheet we will not see you).

It is up to you to decide what vaccinations to have.


You will need to make a 10 minute appointment with the practice nurse at least 8 weeks before you travel, to allow the vaccines to work.  You MUST BRING your printed Fit for Travel information sheet with you to your appointment, in order for us to give you your vaccinations.  If you do not bring it, we will not see you and you will have to book another appointment and bring the sheet with you.

When booking the appointment please inform the reception staff when and where you will be travelling, as some travel vaccine are not a stock vaccine and have to be ordered in advance.  Some travel vaccines have to be ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal NHS prescription charge.  This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.

Free travel vaccinations included by the NHS are:

  • Polio, Diphtheria and Tetanus booster (3 in 1 vaccine) - 10 years protection
  • Hepatitis A  -  25 years protection after 2 doses
  • Typhoid fever  -  3 years protection
  • Cholera

All other travel vaccinations are treated as private for travel purposes.  Therefore, if your Fit for Travel information recommends other vaccinations that we cannot provide, you will have to obtain them from a private travel clinic.

Click on the links to find the nearest private travel clinic:- Masta - all areas  / Superdrug Leeds

South Milford surgery is not a registered Yellow Fever vaccination centre, therefore if your planned foreign travel requires you to have a Yellow Fever vaccination, you will need to find an alternative clinic.

Click on the link to find your nearest Yellow Fever Centre - Find Yellow Fever Centre

Malaria Prophylaxis (the preventative treatment against malaria)

If your Fit for Travel information recommends anti-malarial medication, your Fit for Travel information will tell you what type of anti-malarial medication you require. (In the UK most anti-malarial tablets must be obtained with a prescription).

If you are recommended to take either Doxycycline, Malarone or Mefloquine, these are only available on prescription and will incur a charge.  You can get prescription only anti-malarial medication from a private clinic:-  Masta - all areas, a private website Know Malaria or if you would like to receive a prescription for any of the above anti-malarial medication from the surgery, you will need to book a 10 minute appointment with a doctor and once again you will need to bring your printed Fit for Travel information sheet with you.  (If you do not bring this information sheet we will not see you) and you will have to make another appointment and bring the sheet with you.

To read more about Malaria Prophylaxis medication, please click on the link:- Malaria Prophylaxis info sheet

If you are travelling to remote areas where access to medical care is limited, we strongly advise you to carry a medical kit to the nature of your trip.  Please click on the link to view or print the items we recommend:- Medical Kit for Travellers

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