Welcome to South Gloucestershire Vaccination Service at
West Walk Surgery

We are pleased to offer a new vaccination service at West Walk Surgery.  This covers travel and non-travel vaccinations

Please read this important information, review our vaccine Prices and Next Steps, before submitting your Health & Vaccine History Form.

Travel vaccinations

We offer travel vaccines to all patients, whether or not you are registered at West Walk Surgery.

If you are due to travel and would like to check which vaccinations you require, please visit https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/ and search for your destination of travel.

Please read their Advice for all travellers information, which will give you detailed information about general health risks abroad and advice about visas & health insurance.

The Courses or boosters usually advised section will summarise what vaccinations you may require.  If you have a record of your immunisations/vaccinations at home, see if you are up-to-date with the recommended vaccines.  The length of time a vaccination remains active is detailed in the table below:

Typhoid Single dose/3 years
Hepatitis A and Typhoid Combined Single dose/25 years (Hep A) – 3 years (Typhoid)
Hepatitis A Single dose/25 years
Hepatitis B Course of three/5 years
Hepatitis A and B Course of three/25 years (A) – 5 years (B)
Cholera Course of two/2 years
Japanese Encephalitis Course of two/10 years
Meningitis ACWY Single dose/5 years
Rabies Course of three/Lifelong (after completing course)
Chickenpox Course of two/10-20 years
Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio Single dose/10 years
Measles Mumps Rubella Course of two/20 years
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Course of three/10 years
Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Single dose/5 years

Please be aware that it is not recommended to have vaccinations more frequently than this. If you are unsure of when you had any previous vaccinations, please ask your surgery for a printout of your vaccination history.

The vaccinations sometimes advised section usually relates to back-packers, people travelling for more than 4 weeks, or special situations, for example working in health care settings, or with animals.  If you are planning such a trip please discuss this with us at your initial doctor telephone consultation.

Certain vaccinations are provided free on the NHS.  These can be provided by your GP surgery and include:

Hepatitis A – if you have had two vaccinations, you are covered for 25 years from the second dose

Diphtheria, tetanus & polio – booster required every 10 years (for travel purposes only)

Typhoid – booster required every 3 years (for travel purposes only)

Please also review any information about malaria and follow the precautions link.  If antimalarial tablets are advised for your destination, there will be a link to a malaria map which will show the details of the risk for your destination.

The site will also indicate which anti-malaria tablets are effective in that region. If proguanil and/or chloroquine are advised, these can be bought over the counter at a pharmacy.  If Atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone) or doxycycline or mefloquine (Lariam) are recommended, read through the information carefully.  These need to be started before entering a malaria area, continued during the trip, and for a period of time after leaving.  We can provide a prescription for these for a fee and this can be discussed during the initial doctor telephone consultation.

Non-travel vaccines

 We can provide certain vaccinations not intended for travel – for example to patients not eligible for them on the NHS, but, please note, we are not allowed to offer non-travel private vaccines to patients registered at West Walk Surgery – please see details of the vaccinations we offer and costs of these here.

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