Frequently Asked Questions
Can I get vaccines on the NHS?
The travel vaccines that you can get on the NHS in Scotland are hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus/polio/diphtheria and cholera.
Can I get some vaccines with the NHS and the non NHS/private ones with you?
Yes! You might be able to get an appointment for the travel vaccines provided by the NHS (these are hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus/polio/diphtheria and cholera) and we can administer the private/non NHS vaccines. GP surgeries no longer provide travel vaccines. You will need to find out where in your health board is providing NHS travel vaccines. The following link has information for you: fitfortravel
How long before my trip should I have my vaccines?
Ideally, 6 to 8 weeks before your trip and longer if you have any medical history which might require us to contact your doctor. Try not to leave getting your vaccines to the last minute. Some travelers need a course of injections which can take at least a month to complete. You also need to factor in the availability of appointments. Vaccines don’t have an immediate effect so it is best not to leave them until the day before your trip. If however, you have left getting your vaccines to the last minute or perhaps your trip has come up at short notice it is still of benefit to get vaccinated at a late stage as opposed to going unprotected.
Can I start my vaccines at my consultation?
Because we stock vaccines in the clinic, you can have your vaccines that day if it is medically appropriate to do so. If you are having a course of injections then you would need to return for several visits. It is sometimes necessary for us to write to your doctor or hospital specialist if you have existing medical conditions before we can give you a vaccine.
Will I feel ill after my injections?
Any vaccine can make you feel a bit like you are coming down with cold-like illness or leave you with a tender arm. The majority of people having vaccines will have no side effects but for those that do, any symptoms will be short lived and pass within 48 hours.
How long will my appointment be?
We allow 30 minutes for your first appointment, often longer if you have a complicated itinerary. We need to go through your trip details, take a medical history and discuss the vaccines and anti-malarial tablets that you might need. There is also lots of preventative health advice that we give you so please be prepared to not be in and out of the clinic within 5 minutes!
Why do I have to pay for vaccines and anti-malarial tablets at The Travel Clinic (Glasgow)?
When you get a prescription on the NHS, if you have to pay for your prescriptions you pay a nominal, standard fee towards the cost of the item you receive. As we are a private clinic and not funded by the NHS you pay a private cost for whatever item you receive from us.
Why do I have to provide my card details for a cancellation fee?
Problems with people not turning up for appointments and cancelling at short notice has forced us to introduce this measure. We ask for these details to encourage you to let us know in advance if you don’t want to attend your appointment so that appointment time is not lost and we can offer appointments to other customers. The cancellation fee is only applied if you do not attend your appointment or cancel without giving us the required notice which will be explained when you book an appointment.
Can you tell me on the phone what vaccines or anti-malarial tablets I need?
The advice that we give travellers varies enormously depending on several factors relating to your trip medical history. It is therefore not possible to tell you on the phone what you need for your trip. Our nurses do not carry out phone consultations.
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