Travel

A travel assessment and consultation must be given to a patient at least 6 weeks before travelling. This allows for vaccinations to be effective and if multiple dose schedules are required there is time for them to be administered. 

The General Practice Nurse (GPN)/Clinician should have completed a two day travel course and have signed competencies in practice before giving any advice or vaccines independently.

Travel assessments consider all the risks involved in travel for the patient and they should be consulted on the options available. This includes medication requirements, underlying conditions, insurance, sexual health, personal safety, personal care and sunscreen, malaria risk and medication if required, worldwide threats and outbreaks and finally vaccination. A patient should already be up to date with the routine schedule, if not, this would also need to be included in the assessment.

Training

Liverpool School of tropical Medicine Online courses | LSTM (lstmed.ac.uk) 

Clinician Specific Information

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) competencies for travel consultations RCN Travel Health Nursing: career and competence development | Publications | Royal College of Nursing

Good Practice Guidance for providing a travel health service Good Practice guidence Travel

Competency Tool for Practitioners Competency Tool for Travel Medicine Practitioners

Rapid vaccination courses and short notice vaccinations – NICE guidelines Rapid vaccination courses and vaccination at short notice

Interrupted Vaccination Schedules: General Principles – NaTHNaC NaTHNaC – Interrupted vaccination schedules: general principles

Chart of Vaccine preventable disease in multiple languages Quick Chart of Vaccine-Preventable Disease Terms in Multiple Languages

NICE Guidelines Immunisation – Travel Immunizations – travel | Health topics A to Z | CKS | NICE

History of vaccination WHO History of Vaccination

Global Hazards Get emails from GOV.UK

UK Health Security Agency UK Health Security Agency

Clinician and patient information Valneva UK – Advancing vaccines for better lives 

Providing a Travel Health Service in Primary Care

What does it involve and what must you consider Guidance and help

Advice for GPs and LMCs on the regulations for travel immunisations and medications – some must always be given with no fee, some cannot, and some can be given as either an NHS or private service.Travel medication and vaccinations

Travel Consultation protocol – Jane Chiodini Travel Consultation Protocol

Destination Advice and Information

Fit for Travel Home – Fit for Travel

A – Z Index – Fit for Travel

Nathnac- Advice Line for health professionals (020 7383 7474). Newsletter available to sign up to. NaTHNaC – Home

TRAVAX – paid for site Home – TRAVAX

Jane Chiodini specialist travel nurse. A website full of resources Jane Chiodini – Travel Health Specialist Nurse

Travel tools for assessment. Management and guides to print Tools – Jane Chiodini

UK Malaria Guidelines Malaria prevention guidelines for travellers from the UK

Yellow Fever Zone – NaTHNaC YELLOW FEVER ZONE

HIV & AIDS information for travel NaTHNaC – HIV and AIDS

Hajj & Umrah NaTHNaC – Hajj and Umrah

NaTHNaC Factsheets NaTHNaC – Factsheets

FGM Safeguarding Pathway/Mandatory Reporting

Safeguarding women and girls at risk of FGM – GOV.UK

FGM Safeguarding Pathway

FGM: mandatory reporting in healthcare – GOV.UK

FGM RCN resources Female Genital Mutilation | Publications | Royal College of Nursing

Travel Vaccines and Illnesses Explained

See the links below for information on the common diseases and vaccines given for travel. Refer to the green book here for further information and don’t forget your Patient Group Directions (PGDs) and Patient Specific Directions (PSD) if giving off licence.

Hepatitis A Information Hepatitis A – Fit for Travel

Meningitis ACWY Information Meningococcal Meningitis – Fit for Travel

Hepatitis B – check for charges in practice NaTHNaC – Hepatitis B

Typhoid and Paratyphoid NaTHNaC – Typhoid and paratyphoid

Tetanus NaTHNaC – Tetanus

Diptheria Diphtheria – Fit for Travel

Pertussis NaTHNaC – Pertussis

Measles NaTHNaC – Measles

Monkey Pox NaTHNaC – Mpox

Cholera Cholera – Fit for Travel

Yellow Fever – Chargeable must be a yellow vaccine centre Yellow Fever Vaccine – Fit for Travel

Tuberculosis – specialist consideration only – Private Tuberculosis – Fit for Travel

Patient Information Resources

Patients NHS guidance for travel vaccines

Travel vaccinations – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Travel vaccinations – Available vaccines – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Travel abroad Gov.UK advice pages

Travel abroad – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)