Protecting your health when you are travelling
You’ve booked your holiday, your passports are up to date, you have your visas and are starting to plan activities, but have you thought about vaccinations?
Travelling overseas is exciting but in order to enjoy the experience completely you need to know that you have taken steps to protect your health while you are away.
We offer advice on all aspects of overseas travel including:
- Backpacking and Gap-year trips
- VSO and World Challenge
- Aid working
- Business trips
- Resort Visits
- Working overseas
Why do I need travel vaccinations?
In the UK, the childhood vaccination programme provided by the NHS offers immunisations against diseases that are a risk in the UK, such as Measles, Tetanus, Polio, Mumps and others. When you travel overseas you may be exposed to diseases that are not a risk in the UK, so are not included in the childhood vaccination programme, but for which effective vaccines are available.
As well as ensuring that your UK vaccinations are up to date and that you have had any booster jabs that you need, you also need to find out what diseases are prevalent in the areas you are visiting and ensure that you are protected against them.
What vaccinations and medications do I need?
When you come to JDR Healthcare for a travel vaccination consultation, we will not simply look at the countries you are visiting and tell you what vaccinations are required. There are a number of factors that must be considered in order to ensure that your health is protected when you are overseas.
Our specialist travel health nurse will consider your itinerary and the activities that you have planned to identify the vaccines and medicines that should be considered. He will then review your medical history as well as your current state of health and any ongoing medical issues or medications that you are taking and will recommend vaccinations based on all of this information. All medical information that is shared with JDR Healthcare is held in the strictest confidence.
When should I get vaccinated?
Many vaccines will be most effective if they are administered several weeks before any potential exposure to the disease. This is because vaccines trigger an immune response in your body, which may take several weeks to fully develop. Some vaccines require more than one dose to be administered over a period of weeks or months.
We therefore recommend that you speak to us as soon as you start planning your trip to allow you to schedule your vaccinations appropriately. However, if you are travelling unexpectedly, or have not considered vaccination requirements please get in touch and we will be happy to advise you. Because we take a holistic approach to travel health, we can give you advice beyond just immunisation that will help you to minimise your risk of exposure to diseases while you are away.
Can you provide me with an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) for Yellow Fever?
JDR Healthcare is registered with Health Protection Scotland as a designated Yellow Fever centre, and as such we are able to provide an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis to prove you have received the Yellow Fever vaccination.
Can you provide anti-malarial medication?
Yes, we hold antimalarial medication in stock and can supply appropriate medication to you at very competitive rates. There are several different antimalarial drugs available and the type of tablet we prescribe will depend on a number of factors including where you are going, your age, and your medical history.
JDR Healthcare will assess which drug is suitable for you, and may recommend a short trial before you leave to ensure you do not suffer any adverse reactions. If you do suffer side effects we can prescribe an alternative. It is very important to take the correct dose and to complete the full course of antimalarial drugs that are prescribed to you.
Why choose JDR Healthcare?
JDR Healthcare’s specialist travel health nurse, Derek Ramsay is an affiliate member of the Faculty of Travel Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and as such is able to draw on the knowledge of the country’s leading clinicians on travel medicine. His experience and knowledge means that you can rest assured that you will always get the best and most up to date information about the vaccinations that you require for your travels.
Staying healthy while travelling is not just about having the correct vaccinations though. Our expert knowledge about all aspects of travel health and safety means that we can give you advice about how to minimise the risk of getting ill while you are abroad, and this advice forms part of our complete travel health service.