Going on Holiday?
Please give us at least 8 weeks notice for vaccinations.
If you are intending travelling outside of Europe in the near future then please complete our Travel Immunisation Form available at reception and available for download here which will help us to work out what immunisations you will need.
For further information about travelling abroad please make an appointment to see the Practice Nurse.
Travellers to Hajj / Umrah
The Saudi Ministry of Health requires all visitors travelling to Hajj / Umrah to have Meningococcal vaccination and recent Flu vaccine (and possibly swine flu) and a certificate of proof. The certificate states that the vaccine should be issued no less than 10 days prior to travel, and not more than 3years old. Please note that it take at least 2-6weeks before the vaccines to becomes effective.
Please Click Here for the Travel Form
A payment will be required for some of these vaccines.
Don’t forget to notify any changes of your health to your holiday insurance prior to your travel. Medical help is available if you become ill on your pilgrimage. However you may want to consider the following prior to your trip;
Men needing to shave their head during the pilgrimage- The Saudi authorities provide licensed barbers which conform to legal standards. Using an unlicensed barber there is a high risk of contracting Hepatitis B. Do not share any previously used razor /blade. It is advisable to take you own razors with you.
The Hajj Cough
A viral cough can be experienced by many pilgrims to the Hajj which can be mild to a severe illness. Simple precautions to take include use of tissues to cover mouth and nose, safe disposal of this, and simple hand washing will help to reduce this infection. As the seasonal flu jab may not protect you from every viral strain.
Daytime temperatures may reach up to 30c, therefore ensure to take with you adequate bottled water, sun screen (factor 15-30) an umbrella for shade, anti-diarrhoeal medication. Quality footwear to protect from heat and to use for walking great distances, pilgrims are advised to carry footwear in a bag to prevent loss during prayer times.
Malaria is not present in Medina or Makkah, but Pilgrims planning to travel further or to the south western region of Saudi Arabia should consult their travel clinic nurse/ GP.
There are a number of good quality websites offering information and contact details for travellers.
Fit For Travel
Fit For Travel is a public access website provided by the NHS (Scotland). It gives travel health information for people travelling abroad from the UK
The Lonely Planet
Independent travel, trustworthy advice and editorial independence.
Information pages and articles to help you stay healthy while travelling abroad.
gapyear.com is a site built for backpackers, by backpackers.
VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries.
Malaria is a potentially fatal disease but the good news is that it is preventable, so plan wisely and prepare for healthy and happy travels!
The National Travel Health Network and Centre
The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) promotes standards in travel medicine, providing travel health information for health professionals and the public.