There's no point spending hours choosing your swimwear, beach bag and flip-flops if you barely think about the bugs and other health risks that could ruin your holiday.
Almost one in four UK holidaymakers don't get any vaccinations despite travelling to areas that have life-threatening infectious disease.
If your holiday itinerary is more complicated, for example multiple destinations, dangerous activities, working and living with the local population, or you are away for over one month, we would encourage you to go to a private travel clinic for a "travel risk assessment". They will also be able to provide private vaccinations for Hepatitis B, Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis, Meningitis ACW and Y and Yellow Fever. You can still have the free ones here at Lonsdale Medical Centre.
In the locality there is the Masta Travel Clinic at Warders Medical Centre in Tonbridge (tel 01732 770088), run by specialist travel nurses. You can find pharmacists trained to give travel vaccinations at Carrs Corner chemist, a service provided by City Doc (tel. 0843-7818751) or at Boots chemists, in Tunbridge Wells. Book at www.boots.com or go into the store and speak to a pharmacist to book.
In all cases as much notice as possible is requested. Complicated vaccine schedules can take up to 3 months to administer, if you add in waiting times. At Lonsdale, for NHS vaccines, a month's notice is required.
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