The holiday season is fast approaching and if you're planning to travel aboard, you may need to be vaccinated against some of the serious diseases found in other parts of the world.
We have just published DIN 2017 – 01-022 in February 2017;
“Health Service Provision for MOD Entitled Personnel in British Forces Germany (BFG)
HQ BFG HS now follow NHS England policy in respect of travel vaccinations whereby; there is no entitlement to receive immunisations for private travel at public expense. This applies equally for Service personnel and civilians. Patients will be required to attend either UK or HN travel clinics for assistance/vaccination and this will be at their personal expense.
Here are a few things to consider when planning your travel vaccinations;
the country or countries you are visiting – some diseases are more common in certain parts of the world and less common in others
when you are travelling – some diseases are more common at certain times of the year; for example, during the rainy season
where you are staying – in general, you will be more at risk of disease in rural areas than in urban areas, and if you're backpacking and staying in hostels or camping, you may be more at risk than if you were on a package holiday and staying in a hotel
how long you will be staying – the longer your stay, the greater your risk of being exposed to diseases your age and health – some people may be more vulnerable to infection than others, while some vaccinations cannot be given to people with certain medical conditions
what you will be doing during your stay – for example, whether you will be spending a lot of time outdoors, such as trekking or working in rural areas
if you are working as an aid worker – you may come into contact with more diseases if you are working in a refugee camp or helping after a natural disaster
if you are working in a medical setting – for example, a doctor or nurse may require additional vaccinations
if you are in contact with animals – in this case, you may be more at risk of getting diseases spread by animals, such as rabies
For more information visit http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations.aspx
Firstly, please ensure you inform your GP of your travel plans.
In keeping with NHS England policy vaccinations for the following conditions are available free at your local Medical Centre:
· diphtheria, polio and tetanus booster
· hepatitis A some combined vaccines, such as combined hepatitis A and B
These vaccines protect against diseases which are considered to be the greatest risk to public health. Travel vaccines outside of those listed above will incur a cost at your own expense.
What can you expect from your Medical Centre?
Travel health assessments will be available from your medical centre, including advice on recommended vaccines and malaria chemoprophylaxis
The NHS available vaccines listed above will still continue to be provided and will be charged on prescription as appropriate.
When planning a foreign trip you will be advised by the Medical Centre or Medical Admin Unit;
1. Of the vaccines they can provide for free.
2. Direct the individual (and their family) to a local travel clinic for all other vaccinations and advice on antimalarials. (it will be recorded that this advice has been given)
Please note it is the individual’s personal responsibility to ensure they comply with attending a travel clinic, paying the travel clinic for consultation and prescription (vaccinations or antimalarial).
If you have any queries or questions regarding current policy in this area, then please read the above DIN or contact RO2 Clin Admin, HQ BFGHS.
9th March 2017