Travel Health Clinic in Kingston

There are two key drivers for vaccination, one is protection against disease in the UK and the other is the imperatives of travel.  Vaccination programmes have been so successful in the UK that people are not properly aware of what some of these illnesses can be like.  Perhaps Covid-19 has reminded everyone that we need to protect our health at all times.  If you are travelling abroad then consult our travel health clinic in Kingston who can advise on the appropriate vaccination protocols for your travel destination.

Certain countries, most commonly in the third world may trigger a requirement for vaccinations; the specific location will dictate which are the recommend injections you should have before you travel. 

Cholera is a disease frequently associated with countries that lack proper hygiene standards and sanitation and is commonly found in the tropics, in particular in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.  You can catch cholera from drinking unclean water, eating food like shellfish which has been in unclean water or eating food that has been handled by an infected person.  There is a vaccine against cholera but you may need to have it more than once as it’s immunity lasts on average for just two years.

Vaccination programmes have meant that polio has been wiped out in many parts of the world but it is still endemic in some places.  There is no cure for polio so if you are planning on travelling to a polio-affected country then have the polio vaccine, sometimes also called the poliomyelitis vaccine if you have not been fully vaccinated before, or have a booster if it has been ten years or more since your last vaccine.  In the UK, the polio vaccine is given via injection but in other parts of the world, the polio vaccine is oral usually in liquid form.

If you are planning on holidaying or working abroad then our Kingston Travel Health Cliniccan provide all the information you need about the specific disease risk in the countries you are visiting with up-to-date guidance on vaccination protocols.  There is more information on our website