Where can I get travel vaccinations?

You can get travel vaccinations and advice from:

  • your GP surgery (usually the practice nursing team)
  • private travel clinics

They can also tell you which vaccinations are recommended for your destination and check if you need any boosters – for example, against diphtheria, polio or tetanus.

They can also provide advice about travel health, such as any local health risks and how to avoid getting ill while you're away.

Yellow fever is only given at designated Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres.

Getting advice about travel vaccinations

You should get advice at least eight weeks before you're due to travel, as some jabs need to be given well in advance.

Whether you need any jabs will depend on:

  • the country you're travelling to
  • whether you have any medical conditions
  • whether you're taking any medication

Speak to your GP before having any vaccinations if:

  • you're pregnant
  • you think you might be pregnant
  • you're breastfeeding

Will I have to pay for travel jabs?

Some travel vaccinations may be available free on the NHS, such as:

  • polio (given as a tetanus, diphtheria and polio booster)
  • typhoid
  • the first dose of hepatitis A
  • cholera

However, not all travel jabs are free. GPs and private travel clinics may charge for travel vaccinations that are not available on the NHS. For more information, see Which travel vaccinations are free?

Read the answers to more questions about travel health.

Further information:

Page last reviewed: 28/08/2014

Next review due: 27/08/2016