Before travelling overseas, it is important to be aware of the possible health risks and how to prevent problems, or minimise the chances of them occurring. Most importantly, you should know:
- whether there are any specific health risks in the country you are travelling to for which you need to take precautions – for example, malaria
- how to avoid becoming ill when you are abroad
- what to do if you do become ill when you are abroad
- how to get emergency medical treatment when you are abroad
Our travel services offer advice on travel illnesses and a full range of vaccinations. In order for you to prepare for travel, call reception to make a travel appointment.
If you are travelling abroad you will need to start thinking about your travel vaccinations 4-6 weeks before you’re due to leave as some vaccinations can take time to become effective.
Although we provide a comprehensive travel immunisations at the surgery, if there is an immunisation we can’t administer please contact The Royal Free Travel Health Centre.
If you are travelling and need immunisations or are unsure please book an appointment with our Practice Nurse. Usually an initial 20 minute appointment is needed to consult with the Nurse what you may need followed by a 10 minute appointment on another day.
The Royal Free Travel Health Centre
The Royal Free Hospital
Tel: 020 7830 2885
For more information please visit the websites below:
Travel Illnesses and Vaccinations – NHS Choices
Videos from NHS Choices:
A simple guide to health precautions when travelling abroad, including vaccinations, taking condoms and a first aid kit, and being careful about drinking water.
Malaria is a parasitic infection spread by mosquitoes. This video explains out how the infection attacks different areas of the body and what you can do to avoid getting the disease in the first place.
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