From the 1st of April 2022 NHS Forth Valley's Immunisation team will be taking over Travel Health Service for NHS Forth Valley patients
Patients can self-refer to the service using a risk assessment eform available on the immunisation page on NHS Forth Valley services page. Link available here NHS Forth Valley – Travel Health Service.
Patients can self-refer with at least 6 weeks notice so that immunisation(s) will be effective at time of travel. For patients that can't use the eform, patients should contact the immunisation administration team on 0800 130 3120.
Before you go
Well before travelling abroad, check with your Travel Agent or the Tourist Office/Embassy of the country you intend to visit on any special precautions you may need to take. At least two months before departure. Pack a small first aid kit containing adhesive dressings, insect repellent, antiseptic cream and water purification tablets etc…..ask at your pharmacist.
Check on the quality of the drinking water. If in doubt drink only bottled water, or use water purification tablets. Avoid ice in drinks, as this may well have been made from suspect water. Raw vegetables, salads and fresh fruits should be carefully washed in clean water. If in doubt, stick to freshly cooked food. Beware of the sun! Use a high factor sunscreen, particularly in the first few days of exposure. Children in particular should be closely monitored in this respect.
In hot climates, drink plenty of non-alcoholic drinks. If you are not passing water regularly, you are not drinking enough.
On your return
If you fall ill, don't forget to tell your doctor that you have travelled abroad.
If you have received treatment, tell your own doctor on return.
When donating blood, tell the Transfusion Staff which countries you have visited.