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2 April, 2020


Pinches Medical and Wellbeing: travel vaccines


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Travel vaccines

With all this beautiful hot weather we are having in the UK at the moment it would be safe to say that you don’t need a holiday abroad this summer. Or you might be thinking of travelling further afield and off to some far away exotic place.

Whatever your destination or purpose for travel, Pinches Medical and Wellbeing can support you with specialist travel advice and vaccinations.

First and foremost, you need to plan well ahead when you are getting your vaccines.

Some vaccines such as rabies need multiple visits and it can take a while for your body to develop the vaccination response that protects you.

It is also important to stress that rabies is 100% fatal if it is contracted, so if you are visiting a high risk area you need to be sure the vaccine has had enough time to work.

If you need more than one type of vaccine they may have to be timed so that they are given a certain length of time apart or be allowed time to work effectively before you travel.

This is why you need to visit your GP or travel clinic at least 2 months before you travel depending on how many vaccinations you need.

You should also be aware that if you need a yellow fever vaccination they can only be given out at accredited yellow fever vaccination centres.

Pinches Medical and Wellbeing are a certified centre for administering yellow fever vaccines.

At the travel clinic you will be given advice on the travel vaccinations and other protection that will be needed.

The specialist nurse will ask some questions in order to provide the best advice tailored for you.

This includes three key factors, including your past medical and vaccination history (which includes your general health, age and other physical factors), where you are going and what you will be doing there.

These three things will determine the strength of the recommendation for any given vaccines.

See below for a list of vaccinations that are administered at Pinches Medical & Wellbeing:

  • Yellow Fever
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Tick Borne Encephalitis
  • Rabies
  • Cholera
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus & Polio

If you are travelling to an area with a risk of malaria you will be recommended to take malaria tablets to prevent you from becoming infected. Be sure to use insect repellent and mosquito nets.


Road Accidents

Driving in unfamiliar situations may increase a traveller’s risk of road traffic accidents.

Driving on unknown roads, the opposite side of the road, in poorly maintained vehicles, when fatigued or under the influence of alcohol can increase risks.

– Low and middle-income countries have the highest rates of road traffic accidents, if possible avoid driving in these countries. 

– Always wear a seatbelt and where possible sit in the rear of the vehicle.

– Only ride in marked taxis, hire drivers familiar with the local area and where possible agree fares in advance.

– Find out road rules, traffic regulations, vehicle maintenance requirements and the conditions of the roads of the country you intend to drive in.

– Before hiring a vehicle check the condition of the tyres (including spare), lights, breaks and seatbelts. Make sure you are insured and carry your home driving licence required by destination country. 


To discuss your travel vaccinations with one of Pinches’ qualified nurses, simply call 01625 704 777 to book an appointment.

If you have any questions relating to the travel vaccinations, or are unsure which you require, their team will be more than happy to help you with any queries.

Pinches Medical and Wellbeing will make sure your trip is healthy and as safe as possible.



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