It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment may be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work. If you are travelling less than six weeks ahead, we advise you to contact a private travel clinic.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required. The recommended immunisations and anti-malarial tablets vary according to the travel destination and the nature of your trip, which can be found on the following NHS website (www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk).
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
To assist us in determining your requirements, please complete the below form, and return to reception at least six weeks prior to departure to make an appointment to see one of our nurses. Please hand the form in person (i.e. please don't post it to us), as we need to make the relevant appointments with you.
Click here to download and print off the Morningside Medical Practice Travel Form
Hepatitis A Vaccine Shortage
There is currently a national shortage of Hepatitis A vaccine, which is sometimes given for travel purposes, and supplies are being limited to all Practices.
You may or may not require this vaccine for your travel. If you do need Hepatitis A vaccine for travel, and the practice have no stock at that time, the Practice Nurse will advise you accordingly of your options at the initial telephone consultation .
Please be assured that we want to provide a comprehensive service to patients, and we apologise for this inconvenience, but these are due to circumstances out with our control.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.