UK Travel Vaccination Essentials: Explore, Plan, Vaccinate

UK Travel Vaccination Essentials: Explore, Plan, Vaccinate

14 / Nov

Travelling is one of life’s most enriching experiences. It allows you to explore new cultures, cuisines, and landscapes. However, ensuring that excitement doesn’t eclipse the importance of health and safety is crucial.

One of the key measures for safeguarding health while travelling is getting the appropriate vaccinations. This article serves as a thorough guide to the vaccination requirements for UK travellers, helping you to confidently travel globally.

Why do I need to be vaccinated?

Vaccines act as a shield, protecting travellers from various infectious diseases prevalent in different parts of the world. These biological preparations enhance your immune system’s response to specific pathogens, preventing illness. 

Vaccinations are essential for safe travel, significantly reducing the risk of contracting diseases such as Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and many others.

Travel Vaccines and Immunisations

When Should I Plan My Vaccination Schedule?

Timing is crucial when it comes to travel vaccinations. Some vaccines require a course over several weeks, while others may need to be administered at least 2-4 weeks before travelling to ensure efficacy. 

To avoid any last-minute rush, it is advised to consult with the Care Pharmacy Travel Clinic in Leeds at least a month before travelling. We provide a personalised vaccination schedule based on your destination, duration of stay, and medical history. 

Which Travel Vaccines Do I Need?

The specific travel vaccines you need when travelling from the UK depend on several factors:

  • Country you’re planning to visit
  • The time of year
  • Your age
  • Your overall health, and 
  • Pre-existing medical conditions

Visit the following websites to find out which vaccinations are necessary or recommended for the countries you’re planning to travel. 

Some countries ask for evidence of vaccination to travel on public transport, such as proof of Polio or Yellow Fever vaccination. For example, pilgrims visiting Saudia Arabia for Hajj and Umrah are required to have proof of vaccination against Meningitis

You’ll have this documented on an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) before entering or departing the country.

Even if you’re not required to have an ICVP, it’s advised to take a record of the vaccinations you have had with you.

If your travel plans only include countries in Northern and Central Europe, North America, or Australia, it’s unlikely that you will require any vaccinations. However, you must ensure you’re vaccinated with the NHS’s routine vaccinations. 

What Are Routine Travel Vaccines?

The following travel vaccines are available on the NHS

These vaccines are available on the NHS because they safeguard against diseases considered the most significant public health threats if introduced into the country.

Which Travel Vaccines Are Private?

Some travel vaccinations are not available on the NHS and should be administered privately. It includes:

  • Yellow fever
  • Rabies
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Meningitis vaccines for specific regions or pilgrimages (e.g., Hajj and Umrah)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Tick-borne encephalitis

You can find these vaccines in The Care Pharmacy travel and vaccination clinic.

Do I need COVID-19 vaccination to travel abroad?

Yes, you might require COVID-19 vaccinations for international travel.

Please consult the foreign travel guidance on GOV.UK to determine the entry criteria for the country you plan to visit.

For additional information, please visit the NHS COVID Pass for travel.

Travel Vaccines

Things to Consider Before Travel Vaccinations

Consult with a General Practitioner (GP) before receiving any vaccinations if:

  • You are currently pregnant.
  • You suspect that you might be pregnant.
  • You are currently breastfeeding.

It is unlikely that a vaccine administered during pregnancy or breastfeeding will pose any harm to the baby. Nevertheless, your GP will provide you with additional guidance on this matter.

Immune Deficiencies

If you’re living with an immune system condition like HIV or AIDS, undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy, or have recently received a bone marrow or organ transplant, getting vaccinated might not be a straightforward option for you.

It’s crucial to consult with a general practitioner (GP) who can provide personalized advice. They’ll consider your medical history and current health status to determine the safest way to protect yourself against illnesses when traveling. 

Get Travel Health Advice Today!

At The Care Pharmacy, our skilled pharmacists are well-equipped to provide a complete range of travel vaccinations and to prescribe antimalarial treatments as necessary. 

Wherever you go, don’t forget to prioritise your health! Book your appointment at The Care Pharmacy Travel and Vaccination Clinic for a free consultation and get the travel vaccinations you need. 

Additionally, we offer comprehensive and current health guidance and information to ensure you are fully informed of potential risks before departure. 


  1. How long do travel vaccines last?

Travel vaccine duration varies by type, e.g., Hepatitis A lasts 20+ years, typhoid needs 2-3 year boosters, and yellow fever is usually lifelong. Consult your healthcare provider for specifics.

  1. Where to get vaccination to travel abroad?

Get travel vaccinations from GP surgeries, travel clinics, or certain pharmacies in the UK. Plan ahead for some vaccines that require time before travel.

  1. Do kids need vaccines before travelling?

Children might need travel vaccines depending on age, destination, and current vaccinations. Consult a healthcare provider for recommendations.

  1. Can I get travel vaccinations on the NHS?

Some travel vaccines are free on the NHS, like polio and typhoid. Others, like yellow fever and Japanese encephalitis, require private payment.

  1. What are non-travel vaccines?

Non-travel vaccines are routine immunizations in a country’s standard schedule, protecting against diseases like MMR, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, HPV, and influenza.

C0VID-19 Vaccine

The C0VID-19 vaccine works by training the immune system to recognise and fight the virus that causes C0VID-19, specifically its spike protein. C0VID-19 is a respiratory tract disease, mainly spread through respiratory droplets, aerosols, and direct contact with other people.

Price Per Dose: £ 59.99

Chickenpox Vaccine

Chickenpox is a common viral infection caused by the varicella zoster virus. This vaccine is suitable for adults and children aged between one and 65 years.

Price Per Dose: £ 74.99

Shingles Vaccine

Shingles vaccine helps to protect against getting shingles.Shingles is an infection that causes a painful rash and It’s suitable for adults aged 50 and above.

Price Per Dose: £ 219.99

Yellow Fever

Yellow fever is a viral disease caused by the yellow fever virus and transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes. It can lead to severe symptoms, including fever, headache, jaundice, and in severe cases, organ failure and death. Travelers visiting areas where yellow fever is endemic, particularly in tropical regions of Africa and South America, are at risk of contracting the disease. The yellow fever vaccine is a highly effective preventive measure for travelers. The typical dosing routine involves a single dose of the vaccine, which provides immunity for at least 10 years. Some countries require proof of yellow fever vaccination for entry. It is essential for travelers to get vaccinated before their journey to protect themselves and prevent the spread of the disease.

Price Per Dose: £ 69.99


Typhoid is a bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Salmonella Typhi. It spreads through contaminated food and water, and its symptoms include high fever, abdominal pain, and severe gastrointestinal issues. Travelers visiting regions with poor sanitation and inadequate hygiene standards are at a heightened risk of contracting typhoid. The typhoid vaccine is a crucial preventive measure for travelers. There are two types of typhoid vaccines available – the injectable vaccine and the oral vaccine. The typical dosing routine for the injectable vaccine involves a single shot. Get vaccinated against typhoid – it is essential for travelers to avoid the risk of infection and enjoy a safe and healthy journey.

Price Per Dose: £ 39.99

TBE (Tick-Borne Encephalitis)

Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is a viral disease transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks. It primarily affects the central nervous system and can lead to severe neurological symptoms, such as inflammation of the brain. Travelers visiting regions where TBE is endemic, especially during outdoor activities in wooded or grassy areas, face an increased risk of contracting the disease. The TBE vaccine provides effective protection against this potentially serious infection. The typical dosing routine involves a series of two to three doses, depending on the vaccine type used. Booster doses are also recommended to maintain immunity over time. Getting vaccinated against TBE is essential for travelers to mitigate the risk of infection and enjoy a safe and enjoyable trip.

Price Per Dose: £ 64.99


Rabies is a deadly viral disease that affects the nervous system and is primarily transmitted through the bite of infected animals. The virus can cause a fatal infection if not treated promptly. Travelers, especially those visiting regions where rabies is prevalent and may have encounters with stray animals or wildlife, face an increased risk of contracting the disease. The Rabies vaccine is a preventive measure to protect against rabies. The typical dosing routine involves a series of doses. Typically this is given before potential exposure to the virus or after a potential exposure to ensure effective protection. Getting vaccinated against rabies is crucial for travelers to avoid the devastating consequences of this lethal infection and enjoy a safe journey.

Price Per Dose: £ 69.99

Pneumococcal (PCV/ PPSV)

The Pneumococcal vaccine, available as pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) and pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV), provides protection against various strains of pneumococcal bacteria. These bacteria can cause serious infections, including pneumonia, meningitis, and bloodstream infections. The PCV is primarily given to infants and young children, while PPSV is typically administered to older adults and individuals with specific medical conditions.

The typical dosing routine for PCV involves a series of doses given at specific ages during infancy. PPSV requires a single dose for most individuals, with a possible booster dose after a certain period.

Price Per Dose (PCV): £ 89.99

Price Per Dose (PPSV): £ 49.99


The MMR vaccine is a combination vaccine that provides protection against three highly contagious diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella. It is a crucial part of routine childhood immunizations. Also, it is recommended for adults who have not been vaccinated or lack immunity to these diseases. The typical dosing routine for the MMR vaccine involves two doses. The first dose is administered around the age of 12 to 15 months, and the second dose given between 4 to 6 years old. Getting vaccinated with the MMR vaccine is essential to prevent the spread of these potentially serious infections.

Ensure you and your loved ones are protected against measles, mumps, and rubella! Our experienced healthcare professionals are ready to provide you with the MMR vaccine. Come and get vaccinated with us to safeguard your health and contribute to a healthier community.

Price Per Dose: £ 44.99

Meningitis B

Meningitis B is a bacterial infection causing inflammation of the brain and spinal cord membranes. The risk of contracting it while traveling is generally low but increases in crowded settings. Be aware of the symptoms and ensure protection by getting vaccinated with us before your journey. Stay informed and stay safe during your travels.

Price Per Dose: £ 109.99

Meningitis ACWY

Meningitis ACWY is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. The disease is caused by different types of bacteria, namely A, C, W, and Y. It can lead to severe health complications, including brain damage and death. Travelers, especially those visiting crowded settings like festivals, pilgrimages, or dormitory-style accommodations, may face an increased risk of contracting meningitis ACWY. To minimize the risk, vaccination is recommended, particularly when traveling to areas with active outbreaks or regions where the disease is more prevalent.

Price Per Dose: £ 49.99

Japanese Encephalitis

Japanese encephalitis is a viral infection transmitted through mosquito bites, primarily found in rural areas of Asia and the Western Pacific. The disease affects the brain and can lead to severe inflammation, resulting in neurological complications or even death. Travelers visiting or residing in regions where Japanese encephalitis is endemic, especially during the peak mosquito season, face an increased risk of contracting the virus. Taking preventive measures, such as using mosquito repellents, wearing protective clothing, and getting vaccinated, is crucial for travelers to reduce their risk of Japanese encephalitis and enjoy a safe journey.

The typical dosing for the Japanese encephalitis vaccine involves a two-dose series, with the second dose administered 28 days after the first.

Price Per Course: £ 199.99


Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common viral infection that is primarily transmitted through sexual contact. There are multiple strains of HPV, some of which can lead to genital warts and others that can cause various cancers, including cervical, anal, and throat cancer. Travelers, especially those engaging in risky sexual behaviors, may be at risk of contracting HPV, as the virus can be prevalent worldwide. Practicing safe sex and getting vaccinated against HPV are essential preventive measures for travelers to reduce their risk of infection and the associated health complications.

Price Per Dose: £ 164.99

Hepatitis A Typhoid Combined

The Hepatitis A Typhoid combined vaccine is a convenient option for travelers seeking protection against both Hepatitis A and typhoid fever. The typical dosing schedule involves a single shot, providing immunity against both infections. This combination vaccine saves time and effort while ensuring comprehensive coverage against these travel-related diseases.

Price Per Course: £ 89.99

Hepatitis A Hepatitis B Combined

The Hepatitis A Hepatitis B combined vaccine offers protection against both Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B viruses. The typical dosing schedule involves three doses, administered at 0, 1, and 6 months. This vaccine is an excellent option for individuals seeking comprehensive protection against both hepatitis viruses in a convenient single shot.

Price Per Course: £249.99


Cholera is a severe bacterial infection causing profuse watery diarrhea and vomiting, primarily transmitted through contaminated food and water. Traveling abroad increases the risk of contracting cholera. This is especially true in areas with poor sanitation or during outbreaks. Taking preventive measures such as getting vaccinated is crucial for travelers’ protection.

The Cholera vaccine is typically administered as two-doses, the first dose given at least one week before potential exposure to cholera and the second dose taken at least one week after the first dose.

Traveling to high-risk areas? Our trained healthcare professionals are here to help! Come and get your cholera vaccine today to ensure a safe and worry-free journey.

Price Per Course: £59.99

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a viral liver infection primarily transmitted through infected blood or body fluids. Travelers and others in high-risk situations, such as unsafe medical procedures or unprotected sex, face an increased risk of contracting the virus. Vaccination against hepatitis B and adopting preventive measures are essential to safeguard against this serious infection.

The typical dosing for the hepatitis B vaccine involves a series of three doses. The initial dose is followed by a second dose at least one month later, and a third dose six months after the first dose. This vaccination provides long-term protection against hepatitis B.

Price Per Course: £149.99

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a viral infection that primarily affects the liver, causing inflammation and potentially leading to symptoms like fever, nausea, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). The virus is commonly transmitted through consuming contaminated food or water. While hepatitis A can occur anywhere, the risk of contracting it increases significantly when traveling abroad, especially to regions with poor sanitation and hygiene practices. Tourists may unknowingly consume contaminated food or water, putting them at risk of infection. It is crucial for travelers to be aware of the risk and take preventive measures, such as getting vaccinated against hepatitis A, to protect themselves during their journeys.

The typical dosing for the hepatitis A vaccine involves a two-dose series. The first dose is administered before potential exposure to the virus, and the second dose is given 6 to 18 months later to provide long-term immunity. For a booster dose, a single shot is usually recommended for ongoing protection after the initial series. Ensuring full vaccination with the recommended dosing schedule is essential to prevent hepatitis A infection and maintain immunity, especially when traveling to regions with a higher risk of the disease.

Price Per Dose: £59.99

Diptheria, Tetanus And Polio

Diphtheria, tetanus, and polio are significant infectious diseases to consider when traveling abroad. Diphtheria is a respiratory infection that causes breathing difficulties and potentially life-threatening complications. Tetanus, also known as “lockjaw,” induces severe muscle stiffness and spasms, transmitted through contaminated wounds. Polio is a viral infection that can lead to paralysis, impacting the nervous system. While vaccinations have controlled these diseases in many places, some regions may still pose risks.

Before traveling, it is recommended to get a single booster dose for diphtheria, tetanus, and polio. This reinforces immunity and reduces the risk of contracting these diseases in regions where they may still be prevalent. Ensure a safe and healthy journey by receiving the recommended booster before you travel.

Price Per Course: £39.99