Despite the recent volcanic eruption and its impact on airspace and the increasing price of fuel and air travel, people are still keen to travel to exotic places. Going to tropical locations does carry the risk of coming into many infectious diseases, so it is vital to ensure visit a travel clinic to receive travel health advice and and make sure you are protected before you leave. Immunizations, inoculations and preventive medicine are all available for various parasitic, bacterial and viral infections and it is sensible to check out what is available and make sure you are up to date.
Travel advice and preventive medicine for those going abroad used to be provided by GPs, but changes in contract now mean you may need to find a private travel clinic. So how do you find a travel clinic and what services can they offer?
This article on finding a travel clinic is written by Kathryn Senior, a freelance journalist who writes health, medical, biological, and pharmaceutical articles for national and international journals, newsletters and web sites.
When to look for a travel clinic
If you are travelling abroad, whether for holidays or business, it is vital that you are vaccinated against any diseases that you might encounter. Diseases such as malaria are easily caught in areas where they are common and can spoil your holiday and your health for weeks afterwards.
Changes in GP contracts mean that many GPs may no longer offer travel clinics, or only offer a very basic, limited travel clinic service. It is worthwhile talking to your GP, to see what is available on the NHS, but be prepared that you may need to pay for vaccinations at a private travel clinic.
You should talk to your GP at least 8 weeks before you intend to travel, and even earlier for more exotic countries with complex travel vaccination needs. Your GP will be able to help you find a private travel clinic in good time if they are unable to offer all the travel clinic services you require.