Travel Advice – Sally James

The Benefits of Choosing Private Travel Vaccinations

If you are travelling overseas this summer then you may well need vaccinations before you leave the UK. For many countries, having the correct vaccinations will be a condition of your entry or part of your visa requirements, whilst in others it is simply the best thing you can do to ensure you remain safe and well for the duration of your trip.

Certain vaccinations are available for free on the NHS, whilst others are chargeable regardless of whether you choose to receive them in your regular GPs surgery or travel to a private travel clinic. For example, no matter where you choose to be vaccinated against common diseases such as hepatitis B, meningitis ACWY, rabies, tuberculosis, yellow fever or Japanese encephalitis, you will be expected to pay for that vaccination service. Many people assume that visiting a travel clinic will be more costly than visiting their regular doctor, but in many cases that simply isn’t the case. Here are just some of the benefits of choosing private travel vaccinations in a private travel clinic, to help you decide if it’s the right choice for you:

A Personal Service to Suit Your Schedule

The NHS is a beloved institution and one this is infinitely valuable to the people of our country, but it isn’t known for its excellent sense of time keeping! GP surgeries are often running hours behind schedule, and when you call to book an appointment it can take weeks until there is one available, and you often don’t have any choice about the time or day that appointment is on. When you choose a private travel clinic however, you have much more control. You can choose the time and days of your appointment to suit you: because you are paying for a service, you will receive a personal service that will fit around your schedule.  This is particularly important if you have a busy job and struggle to take time off work, or are trying to arrange your vaccinations around other commitments.

Minimise your Viral Exposure

The nature of doctor’s surgeries means that when you visit your GP you’re likely to be surrounded by individuals who are unwell: people tend to visit their doctor for a wide variety of common viral complaints, such as coughs and colds, upset stomachs, and chest infections; these are all viral conditions that can be transferred through airborne water particles. If you are making the preparations to go on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday then it is unlikely that you will want to become ill just before you travel: for this reason, it might be the right choice for you to choose a private travel clinic. If you have a compromised immune system, this will be particularly important to you, but it should be something everyone thinks about, as a viral infection could well ruin a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. As we only deal with travel vaccinations, the other patients in our waiting rooms are fit and healthy, meaning that you will minimise your viral exposure and your likelihood of becoming ill before your trip.  


Highly Experienced Specialists

Because all of the staff in our clinics deal with administering vaccinations on a daily basis, they are highly experienced and will ensure the experience is as comfortable as possible for you. If they are administering an injection, they will do so in a way that is as pain-free as possible, using their years of experience in completing that same procedure every single day. They will also have a wealth of knowledge at their fingertips that you can tap into, ensuring that not only do you have all the correct vaccinations that you need, but also making sure that you leave for your trip with any other medications and medical supplies that it is important you carry with you: they can even offer you advice on the kind of health insurance you will need when you travel. Remember that if you don’t have the correct travel vaccinations, your travel insurance may well become invalid if you fall ill whilst overseas. When you visit a private travel vaccination clinic you are dealing with a team of professionals who have chosen to dedicate their careers to travel vaccination services, and who are committed to making the experience as comfortable and easy for you as possible.