FAQs

Making a booking

You can either book online on this website, or call 020 34321 381.

Yes, if you wish to have a chaperone accompany you during your travel health consultation then we are happy to facilitate this. We can make arrangements for a person, usually another member of our team, to accompany you during your consultation to provide support. If you would like London Travel Clinic to provide a chaperone for you, please call us on 020 34321 381 to request this service prior to booking your appointment with us.

You can cancel or book a new time by clicking on the link in the confirmation email you received when you booked the appointment. Alternatively, call us on 020 34321 381 or email enquiries@londontravelclinic.co.uk.

Yes, we can book you in to any of our clinics. If you would like to change clinic throughout a course of vaccinations, please confirm clinic location when booking or call 020 34321 381.

Consultations

A clinic consultation is a risk assessment, completed face to face with one of our specialist travel health nurses at a London Travel Clinic convenient for you. The nurse will assess your individual travel plans and health background before making recommendations. If vaccinations are required then they are administered during the same appointment.

A clinic consultation is a risk assessment, completed face to face with one of our specialist sexual health nurses at a London Travel Clinic convenient for you. The nurse will assess your individual circumstances and health background before making recommendations on which STI test is right for you. STI tests will be carried out at the same appointment.

A clinic consultation is a risk assessment, completed face to face with one of our specialist nurses at a London Travel Clinic convenient for you. The nurse will assess your individual vaccine history and health background before making recommendations. If vaccinations are required then they are administered during the same appointment.

You will be seen by an experienced travel nurse who has up to date knowledge of travel vaccines, disease processes and malaria prevention. We work with the Department of Health and World Health Organizations to provide our patients with the most up to date information on travel health, specific to the planned destination.

Bring the risk assessment form that you received on e-mail and any past vaccination history you have. If you have chronic or complex health problems please bring a letter from your GP or Specialist with you in preparation for administration of travel vaccinations or medication.

On your arrival, ask for London Travel Clinic at the building reception who will point you in the right direction. When you arrive in clinic you will be asked to fill out a consultation form if you haven’t already filled out our online consultation form. Please allow around 15 minutes for your appointment to be completed. It is always best to arrive 5 minutes before your appointment start time.

Our standard consultation fee is £15, per person. Our consultations cover the cost of our nurse’s expertise and ensure you’re given the correct medical recommendations, from a trained professional.

Our consultations last 15-20 minutes for one person. If more than one person is attending a consultation, when booking the appointment time allowed will change accordingly. The time allowed includes the administration of vaccines or tests, as recommended by the nurse during your appointment.

Yes, for travel and general health consultations. You can simply select the number of people attending when you book online or when booking on the phone, let our team know how many people wish to attend.

Yes. Our nurses need to complete a risk assessment with you, to ensure we are ok to go ahead with your vaccinations or testing. It will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the recommendations given.

Vaccinations

Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Cholera, Japanese Encephalitis, Tick-borne Encephalitis, Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Malaria, Meningococcal Meningitis, Chicken Pox, Meningitis B, HPV & Flu*   *Flu vaccines are seasonal

This varies from country to country and depends on your previous history and itinerary. Our specialist travel nurse will provide you with the most up to date information on travel health, specific to the planned destination. You can look to see our general guideline for recommended vaccines for each country in our Vaccination guideline. For general vaccinations such as chickenpox or flu, our consultation process will also advise you according to your individual health requirements.

We can only see the vaccines that you have received in our clinics.

The necessity of certain vaccinations is dependent on a number of key risk factors, including destination of travel, duration and season of travel, standards of accommodation, food hygiene and sanitation, and traveller behaviour. To identify what level of risk you are likely to face, it can be prudent to book an appointment with a travel nurse who can help advise on the most critical vaccinations to choose.

London Travel Clinic offers same day, evening, and weekend appointments in over twenty strategically placed locations throughout the Greater London area. No matter your location, you are never too far from London’s travel health experts. You can book vaccines online here, or, for more information, contact 020 34321 381.

In most cases, it is not too late to be vaccinated again. The main rule is that you must continue the vaccination program you have started. If you are in doubt, send us an email at enquiries@londontravelclinic.co.uk where we will be able to help you with your question and be able to book a time for the next vaccination.

London Travel Clinics are a private vaccination service. This means that all of our vaccinations, antimalarials and travel related retail products incur a fee. The only exception would be where our clinic is supporting a federated GP model, where a partnership exists, and we provide the travel health service on behalf of a participating GP surgery, such as in Wandsworth. In that particular scenario, where vaccines are available on the NHS, they continue to be made available on the NHS, where booked at least a minimum of 6-8 weeks in advance of the travel date. All other on NHS travel health vaccines, antimalarials or retail products will continue to be charged privately.

Yes we do. In addition to our travel service, we offer private general health vaccinations such as Chicken Pox, Flu, HPV, Meningitis ACWY, Meningitis B, MMR, Pneumonia and Shingles. We can also offer blood tests for those who need proof of immunity.

Yes we do. In addition to our travel service, we offer private occupational health vaccinations such as Hepatitis A and B, Rabies and Diphtheria, Polio and Tetanus. We can also offer blood tests for those who need proof of immunity.

Travel

Travel vaccinations are a necessary precaution to immunise you against infectious and potentially incurable diseases found overseas. In some situations, proof of vaccination must be provided before entry is permitted and failure to do so can result in quarantine, immunisation or entry being denied. What’s more, depending on your travel insurance, by not receiving your vaccinations for travel, you may be at risk of your policy not paying out should you fall ill.

Most travel insurance policies do not include travel vaccines and medicines, and only very occasionally will policies offer any form of reimbursement. However, it is prudent to check with your insurance company to determine what is covered by your policy as, by not receiving your vaccinations for travel, you may be at risk of your policy not paying out should you fall ill.

As of March 2018, the exhaustive list of travel vaccinations that require a booster includes; Meningitis, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A & B, Japanese Encephalitis, Diphtheria Tetanus and Polio, Cholera and Rabies (pre- and post-exposure). If you are unsure of your vaccination history, you can schedule an appointment with a travel nurse to learn if you’re immune.

Travelling without the appropriate vaccinations is inadvisable and can have devastating and irreversible consequences. While it is possible to travel without immunisation, in no circumstances is it recommended, and in some cases, particularly severely affected countries require proof of vaccination before entry is permitted.

Babies can and should be vaccinated before travelling overseas. The childhood vaccination programme offers protection against various diseases but doesn’t cover many of the infectious diseases found in some tropical countries. Paediatric vaccinations are available for babies and children, and immunisations are frequently cheaper than those required for adults.

Best practice dictates that vaccinations should be sourced a minimum of 4 weeks before travel. This not only grants your body enough time to build up enough tolerance to the disease but also allows for those vaccinations which require multiple doses spread over several weeks. However, vaccines which do not consist of a course such as Diphtheria Tetanus and Polio, and Yellow fever can be given from 7-10 days before travel. What’s more, in situations where an International Certificate of Vaccination is required before entry is permitted, admittance may be denied until a specific time-frame has elapsed.

Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever predominantly occurs in tropical parts of South America, Trinidad in the Caribbean, and sub-Saharan and West Africa with virtually all affected countries requiring proof of vaccination before entry is permitted. To be granted access, an International Certificate of Vaccination must be presented, and failure to do so can result in quarantine, immunisation or entry being denied.

For all patients, a single dose of the Yellow Fever vaccine costs £83 and comes with an International Certificate of Vaccination. This certificate is often required to enter virtually all affected countries, and a re-issue cost of £25 is charged should the original be lost, damaged or stolen. You can book vaccines online here, or, for more information, contact 020 8261 7548.

The Yellow Fever vaccine should be sourced a minimum of 10 days before travel; this allows enough time for your body to build immunity to the virus. The Yellow Fever International Certificate of Vaccination also only becomes valid ten days after vaccination, and some countries will deny entry until this time-frame has elapsed.

It is possible for the Yellow Fever vaccine to cause a very mild form of the disease, but this happens only in very rare cases. A vaccine, like any medicine, can cause a severe reaction, especially in the case of a live-virus vaccine like Yellow Fever, so doctors will be cautious about giving the vaccine to anyone with a weakened immune system.

As of February 16th 2017, the exhaustive list of countries requiring a Yellow Fever International Certificate of Vaccination from all inbound countries includes: Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo, Cote D’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, French Guiana, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, Suriname, Togo. A more in-depth list exists for visitors who are arriving from countries with risk of Yellow Fever transmission.

Yellow Fever occurs in tropical and sub-tropical parts of South America, the Caribbean island of Trinidad and sub-Saharan and West Africa. The virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected mosquitoes, it cannot be transmitted from person to person. Large epidemics can occur when infected people introduce the virus into densely populated areas with high mosquito density and where most people have little or no immunity, due to lack of vaccination.

All individuals aged nine months or older and living in countries or areas at risk should receive the Yellow Fever vaccine. Yellow Fever is transmitted by a daytime biting mosquito and can be fatal, and the vaccine is encouraged, if not explicitly required when visiting parts of South America and sub-Saharan and West Africa. It is crucial to screen travel itineraries and carefully evaluate the potential risk of illness after Yellow Fever vaccination. Currently, there is no specific anti-viral drug for Yellow Fever, and vaccination is the only effective form of protection.

The Yellow Fever vaccine may lead to headaches, drowsiness, and muscle aches for as long as ten days after immunisation. However, reactions to the Yellow Fever vaccine are mild, except in rare cases. A single dose often provides life-long protection against the Yellow Fever disease, meaning that a booster dose is not needed.

Despite the use of a weakened live-virus, the Yellow Fever vaccine is no more painful than any other frequently-prescribed vaccines. However, side-effects of the Yellow Fever vaccine can occur as long as ten days after immunisation and can include headaches, drowsiness, and muscle aches. That being said, the risk of not being vaccinated usually outweighs the risk of side-effects quite substantially.

Diphtheria

Diphtheria is an acute infectious disease affecting the upper respiratory tract, and sometimes it affects the skin. The bacterial infection is caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae or ulcerans. Classical Diphtheria is now rare in the UK, but risks can be high in some countries, especially where hygiene is poor.

Transmission of Diphtheria is typically contracted through droplet infection and spread by person-to-person contact but can also be contracted through cattle, consumption of unpasteurised dairy products or through poorly cleaned objects that have been contaminated with the bacterium. These objects could be something simple and innocent, such as a cup or bedlinen soiled by infected individuals. People can be carriers of Diphtheria too which spreads disease.

Diphtheria currently occurs most often in India, Indonesia, China, Papua New Guinea, Russia, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and several countries in Central and South America. However, no matter where you’re visiting, it’s always best to seek advice from a travel health expert to ensure you’re fully protected.

The best way to prevent illness is by vaccination. Making sure you are up to date with all your schedules and boosters. While abroad, make sure your hands and food hygiene is optimised, avoiding raw or unpasteurised dairy foods with frequent use of hand gels. Avoid people with upper respiratory tract infections, especially in high-risk countries. The elderly or individuals with underlying conditions may be more vulnerable to infection.

The primary symptom of Diphtheria is an upper respiratory tract infection and pharyngitis. Infection is unlikely to develop progressively in vaccinated individuals. You may notice a thick grey /yellow coating on your tongue, nose and throat. High fever, a cough and headache commonly occur, and sometimes difficulty in swallowing and breathing difficulties may arise. Skin changes and ulcers can develop in the non-respiratory transmission.

Diphtheria can be fatal in some cases. Unvaccinated individuals, those with underlying medical conditions or the young and elderly will be more vulnerable. Diphtheria can cause serious long-term conditions affecting the nervous system, adrenal glands and the heart, with potential to cause heart failure, paralysis.

If Diphtheria is identified and treated right away, it can be cured with an antibiotic and antitoxin regime. The longer Diphtheria is left untreated, the less likely it is that the infected individual will make a full recovery. Sometimes healthcare infrastructures in other countries are of a poorer quality where availability of treatment programs are sub-optimal. Vaccination and prevention before travel gives people the best outcome.

For all patients, the combination vaccine, Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio costs £50 at London Travel Clinic. You can book vaccinations online here, or, for more information, contact 020 34321 381.

The best way to avoid Diphtheria is to ensure you’re fully vaccinated against it. If you’re planning on travelling to an area affected by Diphtheria, then vaccination is always recommended where needed. Outbreaks of Diphtheria occur throughout the world which is why it’s best to attend for a travel consultation with a specialist nurse, at least 4-8 weeks before you travel.

Ten years if travelling to high-risk countries, but dependent upon whether you have completed your full schedule previously.

The Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio (often referred to as TDP) vaccination is relatively pain-free. A typical reaction may include some local tenderness and redness at the injection site; sometimes people can feel a little flu-like.

Prices

Travel vaccinations can vary in cost quite significantly depending on course, dose, and the requirement of an International Certificate of Vaccination. Our vaccination prices start at £50 per dose, but for paediatric doses, it is often markedly cheaper. You can view a comprehensive price list here, or, to book your vaccine, contact 020 34321 381.

STI tests can vary in cost depending on your individual requirements. Our test prices start at £130 for basic screening and can go up to £350 for a complete screen with rapid results. You can view a comprehensive price list here, or to book your consultation, contact 020 34321 381.

All products are paid for on the day they are received and we can accept pre-payment for a course of vaccines (once advised by our nursing team) but not for one-off vaccinations to be administered at a future date. We cannot refund any oral medication, vaccinations or tests once they have been administered.

Company Information

London Travel Clinic was acquired by ELCG in March 2018 and since then has grown from 9 to 21 clinics in London and the surrounding areas. Our parent company, European LifeCare Group (ELCG) was established in Denmark in 1998.

Founded in 1998, today European LifeCare Group has over 50 specialist clinics in Denmark and the UK where the company trades under a number of brands, including London Travel Clinic & Vaccination UK.

London Travel Clinic, Vaccination UK, Axis BMC Travel Clinic, Globe Travel Clinic, Southampton Travel Clinic, Sussex Travel Clinic & Winchester Travel all trade under European LifeCare Group.

The Care Quality Commission are the independent regulator of health and social care in England. They make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care.

Yes, all our clinics and care standards are regulated and approved by the Care Quality Commission. Certificate number: CRT1-472076949

Sexual Health

A clinic consultation is a risk assessment, completed face to face with one of our specialist health nurses at a London Travel Clinic at a convenient for you. The nurse will assess your individual circumstances and health background before making recommendations on which Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) screen test is right for you. STI tests will be carried out at the same appointment. The screening consultations are best designed for people who are asymptomatic i.e people who have no symptoms of infection.

Sexually transmitted infections require an incubation period before they can become detectable. Each infection takes a varying amount of time before it is able to be detected in a lab testing sample. You should wait 2-3 weeks after exposure for bacterial infections such as Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea and 28 days after exposure for viral infections such as HIV.

Yes, all our nurses are specially trained in all the services we provide, including travel medicine, sexual health and general and occupational health medicine.

If you have any queries about your results, please contact us at enquiries@londontravelclinic.co.uk

You will receive your results via your chosen method, email, phone or a follow-up face-to-face appointment.

Depending on your results, we will give you a prescription or advice for treatment and a referral to your GP or private medical clinic.