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Important information on advised vaccines

Ensure you stay safe and healthy while abroad by being aware of the risks in your destination country and the steps you can take to minimise them. We’ve listed each of the vaccines provided at the London Travel Clinic and provided a summary of the diseases they protect against.

Find out about countries most at risk, signs and symptoms of infection and precautions you can take to prevent exposure. Select a vaccine from the list below to read a short summary – if you require further information click the link provided for more details.


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.

Travel vaccinations can vary in cost quite significantly depending on course, dose, and the requirement of an International Certificate of Vaccination. Most vaccinations start at circa £50 per dose, but for paediatric doses, it is often markedly cheaper.

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.