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If you’re planning to travel outside the UK, you may need to be vaccinated against some of the serious diseases found in other parts of the world.

Vaccinations protect you against many travel-related infections, such as yellow fever, typhoid and hepatitis A.

In the UK, the childhood vaccination programme protects against a number of diseases, such as tetanus, but it does not cover most of the infectious diseases that are found overseas.

You can find out which vaccinations are necessary or recommended for the areas you will be visiting Travel Health Pro

Some countries require you to have an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) before you enter. For example, Saudi Arabia requires proof of vaccination against certain types of meningitis for visitors arriving for the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages.

Many tropical countries in Africa and South America will not accept travellers from an area where there is yellow fever, unless they can prove that they have been vaccinated against it.

You don’t always need vaccinations to travel abroad. If you do, the type of travel jabs you need depends on which country you’re visiting and what you’re doing.

If possible, see your local Health Plus Pharmacy in Cardiff or Pontypool at least eight weeks before you are due to travel. Your Health Plus Pharmacists will also be able to give you general advice about travel vaccinations and travel health, such as protecting yourself from malaria and how to practise mosquito bite avoidance. We can also give you a booster of your UK jabs if you need one.

Health Plus Pharmacy make the travel vaccinations convenient and accessible for all the community in Cardiff and Pontypool. Book an appointment with your local Health Plus Pharmacist to keep you safe.

Check the risks of a country you’re travelling to on the TravelHealthPro website

Things to consider before you travel

Always allow enough time to get your travel vaccination – its best to allow eight weeks before you are due to travel, because some vaccinations need to be given well in advance to allow your body to develop immunity and some involve multiple doses spread over several weeks.

The country or countries you are visiting – some diseases are more common in certain parts of the world and less common in others

When you are travelling – some diseases are more common at certain times of the year, for example during the rainy season

Where you are staying – in general, you will be more at risk of getting diseases in rural areas than in urban areas, and if you are backpacking and staying in hostels or camping, you may be more at risk than if you were on a package holiday and staying in a hotel.

How long you will be staying  – the longer your stay, the greater your risk of being exposed to diseases

Your age and health – some people may be more vulnerable to infection than others, while some vaccinations cannot be given to people with certain medical conditions what you will be doing during your stay – for example, whether you will be spending a lot of time outdoors, such as trekking or working in rural areas if you are working as an aid worker, you may come into contact with more diseases if you are working in a refugee camp or helping after a natural disaster

If you are working in a medical setting – for example, a doctor or nurse may require additional vaccinations

If you are in contact with animals, you may be more at risk of getting diseases that are spread by animals, such as rabies

Diphtheria, Tetanus & Polio vaccination

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Hepatitis A vaccination

Hepatitis A is a viral infection which affects the human liver. The hepatitis A virus is usually ingested via contaminated food or water and is endemic to many countries where sanitation and access to safe food ...

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Hepatitis B vaccination

Hepatitis B is a type of hepatitis, a viral infection which can cause lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and death. Unlike hepatitis A, the hepatitis B ....

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Japanese encephalitis vaccination

Japanese encephalitis is a viral brain infection that’s spread through mosquito bites. It’s most common in rural areas in southeast Asia, the Pacific islands and the Far East, but is very rare in travellers. The risk is greater ...

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Meningitis ACWY vaccination

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MMR (measles, mumps & rubella) vaccination

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Rabies vaccination

Rabies is a deadly virus spread to people from the saliva of infected animals. This is usually transmitted through a bite, scratch or if an infected animal licks your eyes, nose, mouth, or an ...

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Typhoid vaccination

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Yellow fever vaccination

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How do I know which travel vaccination I need for the country I am visiting?

You can find out which vaccinations are necessary or recommended for the areas you’ll be visiting on these websites:

Some countries require proof of vaccination (for example, for polio or yellow fever vaccination), which must be documented on an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) before you enter or when you leave a country.

Saudi Arabia requires proof of vaccination against certain types of meningitis for visitors arriving for the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages.

Even if an ICVP is not required, it’s still a good idea to take a record of the vaccinations you have had with you.

Please book early before you travel, to ensure that you get the appropriate travel vaccination advice.

Can I have travel vaccinations if I am pregnant and breastfeeding?

Speak to your local Health Plus Pharmacists before having any travel vaccinations if:

  • you are pregnant
  • you think you might be pregnant
  • you are breastfeeding

In many cases, it is unlikely that a vaccine given while pregnant or breastfeeding will cause problems for the baby. However, your Health Plus Pharmacists will be able to give you further advice.

Please book early before you travel, to ensure that you get the appropriate travel vaccination advice.

Can people with immune deficiencies have travel vaccinations?

For some people travelling overseas, vaccination against certain diseases may not be advised. This may be the case if:

  • you have a condition that affects your body’s immune system, such as HIV or AIDS
  • you are receiving treatment that affects your immune system, such as chemotherapy (a treatment for cancer)
  • you have recently had a bone marrow or organ transplant

Your Health Plus Pharmacists can give you further advice.

Please book early before you travel, to ensure that you get the appropriate travel vaccination advice.

What else would you recommend before travelling abroad?

When travelling to a foreign country, it’s a good idea to make a list of relevant contact details and telephone numbers in case of an emergency.

You can get travel information and advice for different countries on:

How to reduce your risk of getting a virus while traveling abroad?

For many different reasons, it’s very common to get sick when traveling. Luckily, there are things you can do to minimize your chances of falling ill and staying healthy during your travels.

Before you travel:

  •   Visit your local Health Plus Pharmacy
    Book an appointment at your local Health Plus Pharmacy in cardiff or Pontypool at least 8 weeks before you travel abroad. We can help you understand how to keep your risks low of getting a disease while abroad, and help you work out which vaccinations and antimalarials you may want to consider, depending on things like:
    • Which regions you’ll be visiting
    • What activities you’ll be doing
    • Your age and general health
  • Some travel vaccinations may be needed several weeks before departure. Ideally you should see us six to eight weeks before travelling, but we may still be able to help if you’re leaving sooner.

    We offer comprehensive travel vaccinations available which is suitable for adults and children aged two and over. If you need antimalarials, our pharmacist can offer you them as part of this service if they’re suitable.

    Please book early before you travel, to ensure that you get the appropriate travel vaccination advice.

  •   Boost your immune system
    Taking vitamin C before boarding your flight can help you boost your immunity to protect you against germs that can easily spread in airplanes. Regular exercise also helps you improve your overall health and stay fit to fight off infections.
  •   Pack a medical kit
    In addition to take with you any medical prescriptions you take at home, consider taking some medications for fighting cold symptoms and first-aid items. Mosquito repellent products can also be very important if you’re traveling to areas where mosquitos carry serious diseases such as malaria, dengue and yellow fever.

While you’re away:

  •   Drink filtered or bottled water
    One of the most common sources of dietary issues while traveling is drinking water, including ice. While we’ve been encouraged to drink tap water environmental reasons, you can’t always be sure of the purity of the water in all the places you explore. Many areas lack the standards of sanitation that you may be used to in your home country, in which case it’s best to stay safe and drink water from sealed bottles, or use a water bottle with a built-in filter.  It may also be a good idea to keep a bottle by the sink to brush your teeth, and avoid getting ice when ordering your drinks.
  •   Be careful with food
    You may feel adventurous and keen on trying exotic foods while exploring a new place, but it’s important to be conscious of the risks. Food contamination is a common cause of traveler’s diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems. Being careful with what you eat could keep you safe from diarrhea, salmonella, cholera and other diseases. Try your best to consume food that is fresh, cooked thoroughly and/or served piping hot. When it comes to fruit and vegetables, avoid salads that may have been prepared with local untreated water and raw fruit that you haven’t peeled yourself.
  •   Wash your hands
    Hand-washing is very important, as traveling exposes you to new environments and a range of different bacteria. Make sure to wash your hands before you eat, and wash them regularly and thoroughly. You can also carry a portable hand sanitizer with you for those times when the bathroom is not accessible.
  •   Avoid contact with animals
    Do not touch or go near wild or stray animals, even if they do not seem unwell (animals with rabies may not have any symptoms. Also do not feed any animals, including in zoos or animal sanctuaries. Wash any animal bites or scratches with soap and water and get medical help immediately

Upon your return:

  •   Make sure you rest well before diving back into your routine. Keep yourself hydrated with plenty of fluids. Watch out for any symptoms and seek medical advice from a travel health expert if you develop any symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath or diarrhea after your return.

Can you have more than one travel vaccination at the same time?

It is considered perfectly safe to administer multiple shots at the same time to travelers of all age groups.

The body is continually challenged by many of the external stimuli called antigens, either inhaled or ingested, and continuously reacts by making antibodies and disease-fighting immune cells. The specific antigens given in vaccines represent only a small portion of the daily stimuli the immune system has to deal with.

Multiple shots will not overwhelm the system and do not cause us to become more susceptible to other infections, like the cold or the flu. As intended, however, they promote the production of protective antibodies or immune cells, or both.

Some shots, including the ones for yellow fever and shingles, contain a live virus and thus can cause mild symptoms for one or two days, like muscle aches and low-grade fevers. While this may make you uncomfortable, it does not put you at risk of getting a new infection.

It is recommended that seeking advice about immunizations at least six weeks ahead of time before you travel, because some must be given in multiple doses and some need time to take effect.

Please book early before you travel, to ensure that you get the appropriate travel vaccination advice.

Do you offer any non-travel vaccines?

As well as getting any travel vaccinations that you need, it’s also a good opportunity to make sure your other vaccinations are up-to-date and have booster jabs if necessary.Your GP surgery can check your existing vaccination records.

People in certain risk groups may be offered extra vaccines.

These include vaccinations against diseases such as:

  • Chickenpox vaccination
  • Flu vaccination
  • Hay fever vaccination
  • HPV vaccination
  • Meningitis B vaccination
  • Pneumococcal vaccination
  • Shingles vaccination
  • Tuberculosis vaccination

Please book and appointment to have a consulatation regarding non-travel vaccinations

Where can i get travel vaccination near me?

You can get your travel vaccinations and other travel vaccinations at your local Health Plus Pharmacy in Grangetown, Llandaff in Cardiff and Torfaenin Pontypool, Wales.

Please book early before you travel, to ensure that you get the appropriate travel vaccination advice.