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About your appointment
We recommend you book an appointment to see us at least 6-8 weeks before travel. The reason for this is that some vaccine courses are a series of shots that happen over a few weeks. You want to make sure you have enough time to get them all done before you travel.
Please bring with you details of your medical history eg: any vaccinations you have had in the past, whether you have had the routine childhood vaccinations, any medications you may be on etc.
We also require as much information you can provide on your travel itinerary, where you are going, how long for, types of accommodation you will be staying in, whether you are going to rural areas, whether you are doing any activities at your destination. Don’t worry if your itinerary isn’t 100% percent confirmed, we can still help. But the more information you give us, the better we can assess the risks for you and recommend appropriate advice.
If it is at all possible, please try to find out what vaccinations you have had in the past. As immunity to some vaccines courses can last for many years, you may not require additional shots, or you may require just a booster. The more information you can give us, the better and could save you a few extra needles and dollars. It is possible to do blood tests to see if you have had some vaccines such as Hepatitis A & B in the past.
What we recommend for you is determined by all aspects of your travel itinerary and medical history. Many factors are taken into account so it is not as simple as reeling off a ‘list’ of vaccines. Travel health advice is not just about vaccinations, your pre-travel comprehensive consultation will include advice on:
- Risks and latest health alert updates for the destination areas
- Safety and Security issues
- Water purification
- Food and vector borne diseases
- Antimalarial information
- Travel insurance
- In flight safety
- Travel related first aid advice
- Medical kit information
- Altitude sickness (AMS)
- Children’s and women’s health issues where appropriate
All vaccinations and medications are prescription medicines. This means medico-legally, you need to have a consultation to get them. Consultation time can take up to an hour and is a service we provide.
Travel Medicine is what we do. Our clinicians are medical specialists who are constantly up to date with latest disease outbreaks and travel vaccine schedules from around the world. One of the bonuses of coming to a WORLDWISE Doctor is that they have probably been to the country that you are going to and so can offer personal tips on travel there.
We offer specialist travel vaccines such as Yellow fever, Rabies, Japanese encephalitis that most GP practices do not or cannot administer.
Our full pre-travel consultations can last up to an hour and cover all aspects of travel health and safety related to your journey.