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Vaccinations: Protecting your health on your travels

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Looking forward to a holiday? Remember, there’s another important consideration other than sun, sea and sand, and that’s travel vaccinations.

In the UK, the childhood vaccination programme protects you against a number of diseases, but it doesn’t protect you against travel-related infections such as yellow fever, typhoid and hepatitis A.

So if you are travelling abroad this year, visit our specialist travel clinic in Edinburgh, which provides vaccination advice and medication in one place – saving you time and money.

Yellow fever vaccine in Edinburgh

Unlike many other surgeries, we carry a full range of vaccines, including the yellow fever vaccine.

Yellow fever is a serious, potentially fatal viral infection that occurs in certain areas of the world, predominantly Central and South America and Sub-saharan Africa.

The infection is spread through the bite of infected mosquitoes. Symptoms of the disease include sudden onset of fever, backache, generalised muscle pain, nausea and vomiting.

If you are travelling to or passing through an area with yellow fever, you must have the yellow fever vaccination, Stamaril, at least 10 days before you travel.

A single dose of Stamaril will protect you against yellow fever for at least 10 years, and it is recommended that you have a booster dose every 10 years if you are still at risk of infection.

As well as protecting yourself against yellow fever, many countries require proof of vaccination before they let you enter or leave the country.

If you cannot prove you have received the yellow fever vaccine at least 10 days before travel, you are likely to be stopped at immigration and refused entry to your destination.

To obtain a valid vaccination certificate against yellow fever, it is necessary to be vaccinated in an approved vaccination centre, such as YourGP, where an International Certificate of Vaccination will be issued.

Vaccination protection for business travellers

At YourGP, we also run a specialist travel clinic to provide vaccination advice and medication for business travellers.

If your staff travel to foreign countries as part of their work, then they should be vaccinated against the diseases that they may encounter.

Our vaccination clinic offers a straightforward way to get this done – saving your company time and money.

There are jabs that need to be done at least six weeks before you travel, while some vaccines can require up to three separate visits.

So, if you’re heading abroad this summer, there’s no better time to check the up-to-date advice on the area and make sure you have appropriate vaccinations or medication in time for it to take effect.

Find out what vaccinations you need by visiting the Fit for Travel website or calling us on 0131 225 5656 to discuss your vaccination requirements.

Post-travel check

If you or a member of staff gets a fever after your return from your travels, or you feel you might have been exposed to malaria or other diseases while you were abroad, we can provide a comprehensive post-travel check.

When you come in for your post-travel check up, one of our doctors will talk to you about where you’ve been and take a medical history, then carry out the appropriate tests.

We provide rapid test results so you’ll soon know if anything is wrong – and if there is, we’ll make sure you get the treatment you need.

Book an appointment at our specialist travel clinic or arrange a comprehensive post-travel health check using our online booking form.

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