Travel Vaccinations – Axbridge and Wedmore Medical Practice

Travel Advice

The fol­low­ing travel vac­ci­na­tions are usu­ally avail­able free on the NHS:

These vac­cines are usu­ally free because they pro­tect against dis­eases thought to rep­re­sent the great­est risk to pub­lic health if they were brought into the country.

For patients with a travel date within 4 weeks, we can­not offer a full travel ser­vice.  The free NHS travel injec­tions (listed above) will usu­ally* be offered in a 10 minute appoint­ment 2–4 weeks after con­tact­ing the surgery .

  • When patients wish to book travel appoint­ments, they should con­sider the following:
  • - When you are travelling,
  • Have you looked at FIT FOR TRAVEL web­site to see if you need any vaccines

and if so, what these may be,

  • Timescale for vac­cines that may be needed,
  • Have you had vac­cines pre­vi­ously?  If you wish to have a print out of your vac­ci­na­tion his­tory, please request this from recep­tion staff.
  • If travel is within a month, please book a rou­tine 10 minute face to face appoint­ment (one 10 minute appoint­ment per per­son) with one of our nurses trained in Travel. This will be an appoint­ment for the free NHS travel vac­cines; if fur­ther travel advice or vac­ci­na­tions are required patients may have to rebook with our Travel nurse (or else­where, if travel time is tight) for any other vac­cines.  Nurses will advise you at your appointment.
  • If patients request a course of vac­ci­na­tions, such as Hep B, (which we charge for) which is 3 jabs given over 1 month, a longer time scale for book­ing these appoint­ments will be required, e.g. 6–8 weeks.  Due to this we may not be able to accom­mo­date patients for these vac­cines at short notice.  Patients will be directed to Nomad or Boots for the charge­able vaccines.

Tele­phone num­bers to con­tact other travel vac­cine providers are:

NOMAD – 0117 9226567 OR  BOOTS CHEMIST WSM  01934 629068

For patients enquir­ing in plenty of time before the travel date (more than 4 weeks ahead) please ring recep­tion to book these appoint­ments con­sid­er­ing time that may be needed for courses of vac­cines.  Patients are encour­aged to inves­ti­gate the FIT FOR TRAVEL web­site so they are aware of what they may need and if there are timescales for hav­ing vaccines.

*There are times when due to unavail­abil­ity of rou­tine appoint­ments with a Travel nurse, or unavail­abil­ity of a vac­cine, we will not be able to accom­mo­date patients for the free NHS travel vac­cines.

Pri­vate travel vac­cine fees as of 1st April 2014 are as follows:

Rabies (cost per injec­tion, course of 3 injections)


Hepati­tis B (cost per injec­tion x3 may be required)


Menin­gi­tis ACWY


Japan­ese Encephali­tis (course of 3 injections)


Tick Borne Encephalitis


Malaria Pre­scrip­tion (under 18’s should also be charged)




Yel­low Fever


Should you have any fur­ther ques­tions about our travel advice and vac­ci­na­tions ser­vice please do not hes­i­tate to con­tact the practice.

Some use­ful links to travel advice websites: