Travel Service

Travel vaccine update April 2017

There is currently a national shortage of some travel vaccinations.

Please be aware if you book a travel clinic appointment at Students’ Health Service the nurse you see will advise you on what vaccinations are recommended for your travel, but depending on stock levels may be unable to give you them all here (this includes NHS travel vaccines).

The nurse will advise you on the day of your appointment whether the vaccines are in stock, and if not, you will need to access them elsewhere i.e. a private travel clinic- Nomad or STA travel

Travel appointments

Travel appointments are held throughout the year by our specialist travel nurses Sam Gaudion and Jo Cameron. The amount of appointments available varies throughout the year to match demand. During the summer term the demand is extremely high and appointments book up well in advance.

It is advisable to book your travel appointment 6-8 weeks in advance of your date of departure to ensure that you are fully protected by the time you leave the UK. It is sometimes, although not always, possible to arrange some travel immunisations and antimalarials with just a few weeks notice.

Before your travel appointment please:

Please note 24 hours notice for cancellation is required. We will not offer a second appointment within the same term where you have failed to attend or to cancel an appointment in good time. You may have to make your own arrangements with one of the commercial travel clinics.

For a course of immunisations where charges apply, the full cost for the course must be paid prior to the first injection being given and no refunds will be made where courses are not completed.

Charges

NHS immunisations as listed below are free. However, many travel immunisations are private and not available under the NHS and therefore incur a fee.

The following charges apply:

On the 3 July 2017 the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced that one preparation of the anti-malarial drug Atovaquone 250mg/Proguanil hydrochloride 100mg, sold under the brand name of Maloff Protect, has been reclassified from a prescription only medicine (POM) to a Pharmacy (P) medicine in the UK.

This means that certain categories of traveller will soon be able to purchase this drug over the counter (OTC) from a pharmacy, without a prescription. Following discussion with a pharmacist:

• The tablets will be available to adults aged over 18, weighing more than 40kg, travelling to areas affected by malaria and where the malaria parasite is not resistant to the Maloff Protect ingredients.
• The maximum duration of travel for which Maloff Protect can be supplied without prescription is 12 weeks (93 tablets). For longer durations of travel, advice should be sought from a doctor or other qualified prescriber.

For individuals who fall out with these criteria, for example children and long stay (>3 months) travellers, Atovaquone/Proguanil still requires to be prescribed by a qualified prescriber before it can be dispensed.
Malaria prophylaxis is just one element of pre-travel preparation and it is important that travellers obtain a full travel consultation and individual risk assessment prior to their trip. If a pharmacy is unable to provide this, they should direct the traveller to where they can receive such advice

Other Travel services in Bristol

There are other travel services available in Bristol:

FAQs

What resources are available for me to check what immunisations I need?

Charges for malaria prescriptions

Some antimalarials are not available on the NHS and only available on private prescription, these include Malarone, Doxycycline and Mefloquine (Larium). There is a £14 private prescription charge at SHS and the pharmacy will then charge you for the individual tablets. Each pharmacy charges a different price so it is worth shopping around with your prescription. If Chloroquine and/or Proguanil antimalarials are recommended for your destination, these do not require a prescription and can be bought over the counter at a pharmacy. You can check the Fit For Travel website for further information on risk of malaria at your destination (malaria maps) and whether antimalarials are recommended.

Where can I get a prescription of antibiotics to take with me to treat travellers’ diarrhoea?

It is cheaper to buy these at NOMAD travel clinic on Park Street than to obtain them from SHS as they need to be issued on a private prescription which incurs a £14 prescription charge plus the price of the tablets from the pharmacy.

Where can I obtain Acetazolamide (Diamox) for altitude sickness?

This is an unlicensed medication in England, so not prescribed at SHS, however NOMAD sell it within their clinic.

Where can I check how long my immunisations last for and when boosters are due?

Information can be found on National Travel Health Network and Centre fact sheets.

 Information leaflets

Travel guidelines (PDF, 557kB)

Malaria information leaflet (PDF, 328kB)

Rabies information leaflet (PDF, 262kB)

Personal protection measures (PDF, 227kB)