This page is to help you with your Foreign Holiday travel plans. Whether you are Back Packing to remote areas or just taking a package holiday there are hints and tips on Health and also which vaccines you should be having prior to your holiday. The information given and links on this site are to be used as a guide and not as a definitive statement as the area of Travel Medicine is constantly on the change. We want your travelling to be memorable and for you to return fulfilled and relaxed from your travels.
Attention: If you require travel immunisations then please book an appointment with the Nurse for an initial appointment where your itinerary will be discussed and possibly any vaccines that are free may be administered on your 1st appointment.
Prior to your initial appointment please either log on to MASTA http://www.masta-travel-health.com where you can obtain a Travel Brief. Alternatively you can get information from Fit for Travel http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx
Also a travel Questionnaire needs completing, this can be found on the website or from Reception at the Health Centre. We are a Yellow Fever Centre for registered patients and also for members of the general public - if you require Yellow Fever on its own then please contact reception in person if possible as a £10 deposit is required.
Before you leave
Start planning your immunisations about 8 weeks before you leave Huddersfield.
How to start the process
- Try to obtain a MASTA travel brief if you are travelling to more than one country. Obtaining a MASTA travel brief by following the following link http://www.masta-travel-health.com/ This is a Free Service and allows you to input details of where you are travelling, your travel dates and immunisation history. You will be able to download the information given to you at any time until your return date, an email will also be sent direct to you. It will give you information on what vaccines are recommended and up to date alerts and warnings for each country including any disease outbreaks. Alternatively you can get a guide and travel information including Health Risks for things like, Diarrhoea, Water usage, Sun, Bites etc. from http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx
- You must complete the Travel Questionnaire – and either submit it electronically or print it off and bring it along to the surgery.
- Please make an appointment once the information is complete and hand in the Travel Questionnaire along with either a MASTA Travel Brief or ‘Fit for Travel’ information. If you prefer to post them please do so at least 5 days prior to your appointment to: - The University Health Centre, 12 Sand Street, Huddersfield, HD1 3AL.
- At your 1st appointment your itinerary will be discussed and any free vaccines may be given on that date. You will be given a note telling you what vaccines you need along with any costs that you may incur and as to how to obtain the vaccines. Vaccines that need to be paid for must be paid prior to the injection being given.
Costs of vaccines
The vaccines stated below are not NHS funded therefore a cost is applied.
Meningitis ACWY - Private prescription payable to the practice £17.00, a further fee is payable at the pharmacy
Rabies - Private prescription payable to the practice £17.00, a further fee is payable at the pharmacy
Yellow Fever - £62
Hepatitis B - £27 per dose / 3 or 4 doses required
The recommendations made by the practice are based on the information you supply us with and the information contained in your NHS medical records. We cannot be held responsible for any problems caused by any omissions in your vaccination history, you must also ensure we receive information about any vaccinations you may have received (e.g. at private clinics), that may not be in your NHS medical records. If your travel plans change you must inform us so a re-assessment of your vaccination requirements can be amended.
We ask that you make an appointment at least 8 weeks before you travel to ensure you have enough time to receive your full course of vaccinations. It may not be possible to complete your schedule if you book your 1st appointment less than 8 weeks prior to you travelling although we will endeavour to complete where ever possible appointments permitted.
You must ensure you have full medical insurance covering all the activities and destinations you are going to. The largest threat to travellers is theft and road accidents. Ensure you take copies of all your travel documents including your passport, ticket numbers, driving licence, insurance documents, credit cards etc and ensure you have a copy for your back pack, for your day bag, your parents and then a close friend. It is also a good idea to scan it and send it an email account that you can access from anywhere in the world.
If you are a UK resident and you are going to Europe then it is advisable to obtain a European Health Insurance Card, this entitles you to reduced health cost or even free sometimes when temporarily visiting and EU country. You can apply on line (at least 6 weeks prior to travelling) www.euhealthcard.org
You need to ensure you take with you adequate equipment, here is an example of things you should think about particularly if you are back packing to remote areas.
First aid kit
Medic Alert ID if necessary
Medical sterile kit
Water purification tablets
Rehydration solutions / spoon
Motion sickness medication
Anti fungal foot powder
Analgaesia e.g. paracetamol
Anti inflammatory e.g. ibuprofen
Ensure you have enough of your regular medication to take with you or source how you can get a further supply whilst travelling.
Hints and tips for keeping healthy when abroad.
You can find by following the link http://www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/advice/advice-for-travellers.aspx - a whole host of information from Accident Prevention, Insect Bites to Water Purification, Sun Sense, Male Travel, Female Travel (both include Sexual Health Advice) and also Foreign Office Safety Information.
Links to useful websites
Fit for Travel - http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk
MASTA - http://www.masta-travel-health.com/%20
Foreign Office - www.fco.gov.uk
Work Health Organisation - http://www.who.int/en/%20
WHO Tropical Diseases - http://apps.who.int/tdr/publications/tdr-image-library%20
Gap Year - http://www.gapyear.com/%20
Centre For Infection Diseases - http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/%20
NNOMAD – Online travel shop for sterile medical kits - http://www.nomadtravel.co.uk/%20
Tropical Medicine Bureau - http://www.tmb.ie/%20
High Altitude Medicine ‑ http://www.high-altitude-medicine.com/%20
The British Mountaineering Council - http://www.thebmc.co.uk/%20
Travel Insurance - http://www.leadedge.co.uk/%20
Health Protection Agency – Malaria - http://www.hpa.org.uk/infections/topics_az/malaria/menu.htm%20
Malaria Foundation International - http://www.malaria.org/