Vaccinations and immunisations

We offer a range of travel and non-travel vaccinations at our practice. Not only do we have a travel clinic, offering non-routine vaccines to those travelling to far away countries, but we also offer routine vaccines for common illnesses, such as the flu.

Our travel clinic

We provide a full range of travel vaccinations and medication (such as anti-malarial) for a wide number of destinations including Thailand, India and Africa.

A specialist practitioner will advise on the latest healthcare information for your trip, whether it be for a well-earned holiday, business travel or religious undertakings like Hajj and Umrah.

Please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your travel plans, as you may require several vaccinations, some of which may be part of a course.

Travel vaccinations, with comprehensive travel advice, can be performed in a £25 vaccination consultation. 

Our travel vaccinations include:

Cholera vaccine

Cholera is a water-borne infection, common in the Middle East, South America, Africa and Asia, which causes severe diarrhoea. The vaccine is taken as a drink and is recommended for those travelling to areas with widespread cholera or where a recent outbreak has been reported.

Adults need to take two doses of oral vaccine with a one to six week interval between doses. It can be given at the same time as other injected vaccines.

Boosters
For continuous protection, additional ‘booster’ doses are recommended up to two years after the original course. If more than two years has passed, the whole course must be repeated.

Cholera vaccination costs £30 per dose.

Travel vaccinations, with comprehensive travel advice included, are performed within a £25 vaccination consultation.

Hepatitis A

This viral liver infection is common in Africa and India causing symptoms that include nausea, fever, diarrhoea, muscle and joint pain.

We recommend a vaccination for Hepatitis A if you’re planning to travel anywhere where sanitation is poor. It should be administered one to four weeks before travelling and gives protection for at least a year after the first dose.

A booster should then be given up to 36 months following the initial dose, providing protection from the virus for at least 10 years.

Hepatitis A vaccine £55.

Travel vaccinations, with comprehensive travel advice included, are performed within a £25 vaccination consultation.

Hepatitis A and B

Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B are viruses that attack the liver. The Hepatitis A & B Combined (Twinrix) is a course of three vaccinations that provides immunity for at least 10 years and likely for a lifetime when completing the full course.

The full course takes six months with doses at least one month apart.

Hep A & B combined vaccination cost £65 (three required).

Travel vaccinations, with comprehensive travel advice included, are performed within a £25 vaccination consultation.

Hepatitis B

This vaccine gives protection against the Hepatitis B virus, which is a major cause of serious liver disease, including liver cancer and cirrhosis.

A course of three vaccinations, the full course takes six months to complete. Doses are given one month apart and no more than five months later. It can be given at the same time as other vaccines.

Hepatitis B vaccination costs £40.

Travel vaccinations, with comprehensive travel advice included, are performed within a £25 vaccination consultation.

Hepatitis A and Typhoid

Hepatitis A (a viral liver infection) and typhoid fever (an infectious disease) are found in developing world countries like India, parts of Africa and South America, where living conditions can be poor. The bacteria is often spread through food and water contamination as well as poor hygiene.

The vaccine can be given as a combined vaccination or two separate injections at least two weeks before travel. A booster hepatitis A vaccine will be needed six to 12 months after the first vaccine, giving further protection for 20 years.

Hep A & Typhoid Combined vaccination cost £60.

Travel vaccinations, with comprehensive travel advice included, are performed within a £25 vaccination consultation.

Japanese Encephalitis

Japanese Encephalitis (JE) is a serious disease spread through mosquito bites. Symptoms include fever, headache, vomiting, confusion, and difficulty moving.  It is potentially fatal.

It is strongly recommended when visiting risk areas, often during the rainy season and especially in rural locations.

Two doses are required; one dose each on the 1st and 28th day. A booster is then required after 12 months.

Japanese Encephalitis vaccine cost £110 per dose .

Travel vaccinations, with comprehensive travel advice included, are performed within a £25 vaccination consultation.

Meningitis (ACWY)

Meningitis is a very serious disease in which there is inflammation of the meninges, caused by a viral or bacterial infection, with symptoms including intense headache, fever, sensitivity to light, and muscular rigidity.

We offer the MenACWY vaccine, given by a single injection into the upper arm, which protects against four different strains of the meningococcal bacteria that can cause meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia): A, C, W and Y.

Meningitis (ACWY) vaccination costs £60.

Travel vaccinations, with comprehensive travel advice included, are performed within a £25 vaccination consultation.

Tick-Borne Encephalitis

Tick-borne encephalitis is a viral infection found in many European countries. If you’re planning to stay in an area with a high occurrence of infected ticks, a TBE vaccination is the safest way of avoiding the infection.

Ticks live in forests and grassy areas, so you're more at risk of being bitten if you do activities like hiking and camping. However, even if you're bitten, the risk of getting seriously ill is low.

Three doses are required.

Tick-Borne Encephalitis vaccine costs £80 per dose.

Travel vaccinations, with comprehensive travel advice included, are performed within a £25 vaccination consultation.

Typhoid oral vaccination

In certain countries (Asia, Africa, Latin America) the risk of typhoid is high. We recommend that if you are visiting one of these places, then you should be vaccinated. Typhoid is a serious illness that can cause fever and diarrhoea. It is potentially fatal.

We offer a live typhoid vaccine (oral). Four doses are required - one capsule every other day for a week (day one, day three, day five, and day seven). The last dose should be given at least one week before travel to allow the vaccine time to work.

Typhoid oral vaccination costs £35.

Travel vaccinations, with comprehensive travel advice included, are performed within a £25 vaccination consultation.

Typhoid injection

Typhoid injection

In certain countries (Asia, Africa, Latin America) the risk of typhoid is high. We recommend that if you are visiting one of these places, then you should be vaccinated. Typhoid is a serious illness that can cause fever and diarrhoea. It is potentially fatal.

We offer an inactivated typhoid vaccine (one dose) for protection. It should be given at least two weeks before travel to allow the vaccine time to work. A booster dose is needed every two years for people who remain at risk.

Typhoid injection costs £35.

Travel vaccinations, with comprehensive travel advice included, are performed within a £25 vaccination consultation.

Rabies

Rabies is a viral infection that causes inflammation of the spinal cord and the brain. The virus is present in the saliva of infected animals and usually passed on through a bite or scratch. Unfortunately, it is almost always fatal once neurological symptoms appear.

The rabies vaccine is used to prevent an infection prior to travelling to a high risk area. It is also used to prevent the illness from spreading to the nervous system after an animal bite. The pre-exposure rabies vaccine is administered with an intramuscular injection and consists of three doses.

Rabies vaccine costs £80 per dose.

Travel vaccinations, with comprehensive travel advice included, are performed within a £25 vaccination consultation.

Yellow fever

Yellow fever is a serious infection spread by mosquitoes. It's found in parts of Africa, South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

There are two phases to the yellow fever virus. The acute phase that causes nausea, fever, aches and pains. Some people then develop the second ‘toxic’ phase where symptoms include kidney failure, jaundice and bleeding from bodily orifices.

You need to have your yellow fever vaccination (Stamaril) at least 10 days before you travel to allow your body to develop sufficient immunity and for the International Certificate to be valid. It is now a one in a lifetime vaccine.

Yellow fever vaccination costs £70.

Travel vaccinations, with comprehensive travel advice included, are performed within a £25 vaccination consultation.

Malaria medication

Our GPs and nurses can supply you with antimalarial medication and antibiotics that can be used to prevent and treat malaria. You should consider taking it when travelling to areas where there is a risk of malaria.

We recommend that you make a health appointment with our nurse (£25.00) or full consultation with our GP (£55.00) to discuss your needs and the type and duration of treatment.

We can offer both Malarone and Mefloquine antimalarial medication and Doxycycline antibiotics.

Malarone is £65.00 for 12 tablets.

Doxycycline is £17.00 for 50 tablets.

Mefloquine is £25 for 8 tablets.

Tetanus/diptheria/polio (Tdp)

In the UK, children are now given the tetanus/diphtheria/polio tdp triple vaccine (and tdp as a teenager) as part of the childhood immunisation programme.

Diphtheria is a bacterial disease and can be transmitted through contact with contaminated clothing and sheets, close physical contact with infected individuals and from respiratory droplets.

Polio is an infectious disease which can cause muscle weakness in the legs, head, neck and diaphragm.  Polio is contracted by eating or drinking contaminated food or water, swimming in contaminated water or by close contact with someone carrying the polio virus.

Tetanus is a bacterial disease transmitted by exposure to bacterial spores. These can be found in soil and can enter your body through cuts, grazes or bites.

A tdp  booster dose is recommended for teenagers and adults if you did not have the full five recommended doses of the vaccine.

Tdp is recommended if you are travelling to a remote, high risk area where good quality medical attention may not be available and it’s more than 10 years since your last injection.

Previously unimmunised adults and children over the age of 10 years should commence a primary course of DPT at zero, one and two-month intervals.

Tdp vaccine or booster dose costs £40.

Travel vaccinations, with comprehensive travel advice included, are performed within a £25 vaccination consultation.

Tetanus/diphtheria/polio/pertussis (Tdap-IPV)

Tdap-IPV prevents diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), pertussis (whooping cough) and poliomyelitis (polio) by causing the body to produce its antibodies against these diseases.

Diphtheria is a bacterial disease and can be transmitted through contact with contaminated clothing and sheets, close physical contact with infected individuals and from respiratory droplets.

Polio is an infectious disease which can cause muscle weakness in the legs, head, neck and diaphragm. Polio is contracted by eating or drinking contaminated food or water, swimming in contaminated water or by close contact with someone carrying the polio virus.

Tetanus is a bacterial disease transmitted by exposure to bacterial spores. These can be found in soil and can enter your body through cuts, grazes or bites.

Whooping cough is a highly infectious illness that causes severe spells of coughing, often accompanied by a ‘whooping’ sound cough. It can also cause ear infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, fits and even brain damage.

Tdap-IPV will be given as an injection into the muscle and can be administered at the same time as some other vaccines.

However, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, ask your doctor for advice before you are given this vaccine.

It should not be given if you have previously had an allergic reaction to the vaccine.

Side effects may include rashes, swelling, breathing difficulties and pain at the injection site

Tdap-IPV vaccine costs £85.

Travel vaccinations, with comprehensive travel advice included, are performed within a £25 vaccination consultation.

 

Routine vaccinations

We also offer a range of routine vaccinations and immunisations to help protect against illnesses such as measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) as well as chickenpox.

Our practice also provides vaccinations against common diseases and bacterial infections. If you’re looking for protection against seasonal flu or shingles, these too can be offered.

BCG & Mantoux test

The BCG vaccine protects against tuberculosis (known as TB). This is a serious infection which affects the lungs, bones, joints and kidneys. It can also cause meningitis.

If you’re unsure whether you have been vaccinated, you’ll need to have a Mantoux test. If this is negative, you can have the vaccine. Anyone who has a positive Mantoux test will need to be referred to a respiratory physician for further tests.

Mantoux screenings take place 48-72 hours before your vaccination, this costs £25.

The BCG vaccine costs £85.

Vaccinations can be performed in a £25.00 vaccination consultation.

 

Chickenpox

Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease, the main symptom being a skin rash forming small and itchy blisters which will scab over. The patient may also have a fever, headache and feel tired. The chickenpox vaccine gives protection against the varicella zoster virus which causes chickenpox.

Chickenpox is spread through the coughs and sneezes of an infected person. A person is infectious one or two days before the rash appears and until all blisters have scabbed over. Symptoms will usually show ten to twenty days after exposure to the virus and then last between five and ten days. It’s a disease that is usually more severe in adults than children.

Vaccination against chickenpox is routinely provided in some countries, but it is not part of the childhood immunisation schedule in the UK.

The vaccine is given as two doses.

The cost of the Chickenpox (Varicella) vaccine is £55 per dose, two doses are required.

Vaccinations can be performed in a £25.00 vaccination consultation.

Influenza (Flu)

Some people are more susceptible to complications resulting from flu, including pregnant women and over 65s. For this reason, these groups are offered the flu jab on the NHS.

However, if you do not fit into one of these groups but would still like to be vaccinated, we can offer it to you privately.

Adults will only need a single dose.

Flu vaccine costs £10.

MMR

The MMR vaccine is administered to prevent measles, mumps and rubella (German measles). Adults who missed out on the MMR vaccination as a baby are not protected and may wish to have it.

It works by causing the body to produce its own protection (antibodies) against measles, mumps and rubella, which are all infectious diseases caused by viruses.

The vaccine is generally given as a single dose.

MMR (Mumps/Measles/Rubella) vaccine £45.

Vaccinations can be performed in a £25.00 vaccination consultation.

Pneumococcal polysaccharide

Pneumococcal infections can lead to serious and potentially fatal conditions like pneumonia, septicaemia (a kind of blood poisoning) and meningitis.

The pneumococcal vaccine (pneumonia vaccine) offers protection against them and, although the infection can affect anyone, adults aged 65 or over should be vaccinated.

Unlike the annual flu jab, a single one-off vaccination is all that’s needed. However, those with a long-term health condition may require a vaccination every five years, depending on their underlying health problem.

Pneumococcal vaccination costs £30.

Vaccinations can be performed in a £25.00 vaccination consultation.

Shingles

Shingles is an infection that can cause a painful, blistering rash and make you feel very unwell.

We offer a vaccine called Zostavax for protection against shingles and painful neuralgia for anyone over the age of 50.

Zostavax vaccine is £175.

Vaccinations can be performed in a £25.00 vaccination consultation.

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