Going Abroad

If you are travelling abroad and require vaccinations you will need to complete a travel risk assessment form clickClick here and contact the surgery at least two days later to make an appointment for your vaccinations.

Some courses of vaccinations take two or three months to complete so please take this into consideration when planning your journey.

Most travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. 

We expect our patients to take appropriate health precautions prior to and when travelling abroad - consult a nurse at the surgery at least two months before your departure and she will advise you what vaccinations are required and what medications you may need.

You should also arrange adequate medical insurance, and if you are visiting an EU country you will need a “European Health Insurance Card” which is available from the Health Service Executive. Their contact details are at the front of the telephone directory.

Points to note:

  • Personal hygiene is essential.
  • Take a small first aid kit.
  • Beware bites from insects and animals. Many diseases are insect-borne and rabies is widespread.
  • Be careful with raw vegetables, salads, fruit, shellfish and ice-cubes.
  • Respect the power of the sun and use sun creams regularly.
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (including AIDS) are a major health threat throughout the world; condoms offer some protection.

If you take anti-malarial tablets remember to follow the manufacturers instructions: for example “start one week before departure and continue for four weeks after your return.