An NHS funding review could mean that a number of travel vaccinations will no longer be available for free. Budget cuts have forced NHS England into cost-cutting measures which could begin to affect holidaymakers and travellers this year.
Currently, a number of vaccinations are usually made available for free from your GP. These are vaccinations that protect against the diseases that are considered to present the highest risk to public health if they were brought into the UK, including:
- Diphtheria, polio and tetanus
- Hepatitis A
However, if the changes suggested by the funding review come into practice, these vaccinations will only be made available in specific circumstances. Most people would no longer qualify to get these vaccinations on the NHS. Unfortunately, these diseases and conditions are common in many destinations across the world, including Africa and Asia, so it is still vital that you are inoculated against them before you go away.
Depending on where you are visiting you may need these as well as other vaccinations, so you should get advice from your GP or a specialist travel clinic in advance of travel.
These potential NHS changes will not affect our services; London Vaccination Clinic will continue to offer a full range of vaccinations at affordable prices to ensure that you are properly protected no matter what part of the world you are travelling to. You can book an appointment with us today for more information on the range of services that we can provide.
Our prices start from as little as £30 per dose for cholera vaccinations and we strive to provide the latest, impartial advice regarding the medicines you need before you travel. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today for more information by calling 020 33229558.