Frequently Asked Questions
What vaccines do I need for my trip?
You can view the recommended vaccines on our website at link
Or for the latest information visit the following NHS websites.
If you are still unsure about what you require for your trip please use our contact form and one of our nursing team will reply with the vaccine recommendations for your trip or call us direct at 020 8528 2633
How soon before my trip do I need to start my course of vaccines?
Last minute travellers can still a benefit for considering having vaccines that would be recommended for your destination. It’s never too late to start malaria tablets, some malaria tablets can be started a couple of days before you go to a risk area.å
Ideally travellers should present for pre travel advice about 6-8 weeks prior to departure, this will allow time to receive full courses of advised vaccines, travel health guidance and malaria recommendations.
Some single vaccines such as Hepatitis A and Typhoid can take up to 2 weeks to give protective levels. Yellow Fever takes 10 days to be effective. Booster doses of most vaccines will boost protective levels normally within 24-48 hours, with the exception of Typhoid, which takes up to 2 weeks to be effective each time you have it.
Will my vaccination hurt?
You may experience a mild stinging sensation when your vaccines are administered. This is very mild and lasts only a few seconds. Our nurses are very experienced in administration of vaccinations and will reassure you.
We recommend you make sure you have eaten well before you have any vaccinations. Having vaccines on an empty stomach may make you more prone to fainting. Please note: if you are having a Cholera vaccine you must not eat or drink for 1 hour before or 1 hour after.
Are there any side effects?
You may experience mild side effects following vaccination and these include pain, swelling and redness at the injection site. These occur commonly and should be expected after vaccination.
Occasionally, you can experience fever, tiredness, headache and loss of appetite. Try and rest if you experience these symptoms, drink plenty of fluids and take an analgesic such as paracetamol if you have a fever. These are usually self-limiting and do not require treatment.
Anaphylactic reactions to vaccines are extremely rare, approx. 1 per million doses of vaccine given. Ref: Green Book, DOH. In the unlikely event that a reaction should occur you will be given immediate treatment with the necessary medications and a 999 ambulance will be called. All staff are trained in the management of anaphylactic reaction and resuscitation.
Do you offer a post travel health service?
Heathrow Travel Clinic does not currently offer a post travel health service. In the event you feel unwell on return, you should see your General Practitioner.
If you have travelled to an area where Malaria is present and you become feverish on return, it is essential that you contact a medical practitioner immediately. You can also present yourself at any Accident and Emergency department. Tell the doctor you have returned from malarial area and are feeling unwell.
Malaria can present up to a year after travel, so be aware of Malaria symptoms, which include fever, headache and muscle pain. Coughing and diarrhoea may also be present.
Does Heathrow Travel Clinic have access to my past vaccine history?
No, we do not have access to any of your NHS medical records or past vaccination history. It is very useful for us if you can bring a record of any of your previous immunisations along to your appointment. This helps us plan what vaccines you require and means you do not incur extra cost for vaccines that you may already be protected against. Your NHS GP will be able to give you this information if you contact them.
Please hand your past vaccination record to reception on arrival at the clinic so it can be scanned into your notes.
Will it affect my travel insurance policy if I do not have vaccinations?
Most Travel insurers recommend that you have the appropriate vaccinations.
Many Travel insurers are warning that too many travellers are failing to get vaccinated – and that an insurance policy won’t pay out if they then fall ill.
Almost one in four British holidaymakers does not get vaccinated before going abroad, despite travelling to areas that have life-threatening infectious diseases, according to the NHS.
We recommend that you check your travel insurance policy in detail.
Note that travellers crossing through parts of Africa and South America will not be let in to some destinations unless they have a yellow fever vaccination certificate.
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