Advice and vaccinations are given by the Practice Nurses. Please do not ask any of the Receptionists for advice regarding travel vaccines, as they are not medically trained. If you have any queries, you must make an appointment with the Practice Nurse. You will be asked to complete a travel questionnaire prior to the appointment, so that the Practice Nurse can check what vaccines you may require.
The form is available from reception or available to download below.
We recommend that you have your travel vaccinations administered at least
6 – 8 weeks before your departure date.
In order to provide this service we ask that the travel vaccination forms are handed into the surgery no later than 8 weeks before travelling.
Ideally, vaccinations should be administered 6 to 8 weeks before your trip and longer if you have any medical history. Try not to leave getting your vaccines to the last minute. Some travellers need a course of injections which can take at least a month to complete. You also need to factor in the availability of appointments. Vaccines don’t have an immediate effect so it is best not to leave them until the day before your trip. If however you have left getting your vaccines to the last minute or perhaps your trip has come up at short notice it is still of benefit to get vaccinated at a late stage as opposed to going unprotected however the surgery may refer you to a local travel clinic for this.
There is a Travel Clinic at Ogg’s Pharmacy in Ayr and a Travel Clinic in Glasgow.
You may need travel vaccines or, if diseases such as malaria are a risk, you may need to start protecting yourself well in advance.
Prepare a kit of travel health essentials, including sunscreen, painkillers, antiseptic, insect repellent and anti-diarrhoea pills. These will be useful wherever you’re going.
Sexual health experts advise taking condoms with you to avoid the risk of buying fake brands, which may be unsafe, when you get there.
So we can offer you the appropriate advice, please fill out the travel vaccination form and return this to the surgery.