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Travel Health

Travel Services

Clapham Family Practice is a designated yellow fever centre offering a comprehensive Travel Clinic.

Those travelling to developing countries, or those with significant pre-existing medical conditions, are encouraged to consult the clinic at least 4-8 weeks before travel. Most travel vaccination courses can be given over four weeks so travellers should plan for this accordingly. 

Face to face consultations with our nurse can enable advice to be individualised with the best package of preventative measures to be put in place.

Malaria prophylaxis is also available in clinic.

Please call 020 3049 6600 for an appointment at the travel clinic.

 

The following vaccinations are available free on the NHS for our registered patients.

Vaccination Dose Required  Price Per Dose   Total Price
Tetanus Diptheria Polio 1 FREE FREE
Typhoid  1 FREE FREE
Hepatitis A 1 FREE FREE
Cholera (Pre-order required) 2 FREE FREE
       
       

The following vaccinations are chargable.

Vaccination Dose Required    Price Per Dose Total Price
Hepatitis A & B combined 2-3 £75.00 £225.00
Yellow Fever + Certificate 1 £65.00 £65.00
Yelow Fever Certificate Replacement - - £15.00
Hepatitis B 3 £50.00 £150.00
Rabies 3 £60.00 £180.00
Influenza £15.00  £15.00 
       
       
       
       
       
Antimalarials      
Atovaquone / Proguanil Private  Prescription £20.00
Malarone  Private    Prescription  £20.00
Doxycycline Private  Prescription £20.00
Mefloquine Private  Prescription

£20.00

       
Extra Travel Items      
Bite Avoidance Only     FREE
       
       
       

Malaria Prevention

What is malaria?

Malaria is a serious illness that is common in many parts of Africa, Asia, the Indian subcontinent, South America and some areas in the Far and Middle East. The risk is particularly high in sub-Saharan Africa. 

The disease is spread by mosquitoes that bite at night (dusk to dawn). If you take the correct precautions you can greatly reduce your risk of catching malaria.

How can I protect myself against malaria?

You can protect yourself against malaria, and you must do so every time you visit a country with malaria. This is very important, even if you grew up or lived there and are now returning to visit your friends or family.

No one has full immunity to malaria. Any partial protection you may have from being brought up in a malarious country is quickly lost when you live in countries with no malaria, so everyone needs to take precautions.

ABCD approach to malaria prevention

Many cases of malaria can be avoided. An easy way to remember is the ABCD approach to prevention:

Awareness of risk – find out whether you are at risk of getting malaria before travelling

Bite prevention – avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellent such as DEET, covering your arms and legs, and using an insecticide-treated mosquito bed net.

Check whether you need to take malaria prevention medicines – if you do, make sure you take the right malaria prevention tablets at the right dose, and finish the course

Diagnosis – seek immediate medical advice if you develop malaria symptoms, as long as up to a year after you return from travelling. Find out more information on malaria symptoms by visitingwww.nhs.uk/Conditions/Malaria 

A combination of the preventive measures mentioned above will give significant protection against malaria.

Where can I get malaria prevention medicines?

You can find out if malaria prevention medicines are necessary or recommended for where you are travelling to by visiting Travel Health Pro or Fit for Travel 

You can buy any of the following malaria prevention medicines, you can buy them over the counter from a community pharmacy. You don't need a prescription.

  • chloroquine (Avloclor  ®)

  • proguanil (Paludrine ®)

  • chloroquine with proguanil (Avloclor/Paludrine ®)

  • atovaquone with proguanil (Maloff Protect ®)

    Always speak to the pharmacist before buying the above malaria prevention medicines.

    You will need to pay privately for the following malaria prevention medicines: 

  • atovaquone with proguanil hydrochloride (Malarone®, Mafamoz®, Reprapog®)

  • doxycycline

  • mefloquine (Larium®)

    NHS Lambeth CCG no longer supports the routine prescribing of malaria prevention medicines on the NHS locally, for travel abroad. This will bring prescribing in the borough in line with national guidance.

    You can get  a private prescription for the malaria prevention medicines listed above from your GP practice, if they provide this service. Your GP practice may charge you a fee for providing a private prescription. The fee charged is up to the GP practice. Ask your GP practice for information on their fees. 

    You will then be charged by the community pharmacy for supply of the medicines. If you get a  private prescription , you can  compare prices charged between community pharmacies, as these vary.

    Alternatively, you can visit a private travel health clinic to get these malaria prevention medicines. Some community pharmacies also provide private travel health services. There will be a charge.

    It is important to consider the cost of malaria prevention medicines when budgeting for your trip abroad.

    Always buy malaria prevention mediciens from a reputable source in the UK before travel so that you can be sure that they are not fake or poor quality.

    You will need enough malaria prevention medicine to start taking it before you go away, during your trip and for some time after you return.

    If you are using are buying any medicines including malaria prevention medicines from an internet pharmacy, check if the internet pharmacy is registered first. You can do this by visiting the General Pharmaceutical Council online register

     

Travel illnesses and vaccinations

Get the right travel vaccinations and follow the advice below to reduce your risk of common infectious diseases.

How to beat jet lag

Jet lag refers to disturbed sleep patterns, weakness and disorientation caused by travelling. It happens when your normal body clock is disrupted by travelling through several time zones.

Safer sex on holiday

Unprotected sex on holiday can have the same results as when you're at home – sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or unintended pregnancy. Find out how to protect yourself, and where to go for help if you need it.

Food and water abroad

Many illnesses, including travellers’ diarrhoea, hepatitis A, typhoid and cholera are contracted through contaminated food and water.
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