Travellers should ideally present for pre travel advice about 6-8 weeks prior to departure, this will allow time to receive full courses of advised vaccines, travel health guidance and malaria recommendations.
Some single vaccines such as Hepatitis A and Typhoid can take up to 2 weeks to give protective levels. Yellow Fever takes 10 days to be effective. Booster doses of most vaccines will boost protective levels normally within 24-48 hours, with the exception of Typhoid which takes up to 2 weeks to be effective each time you have it.
You may experience a mild stinging sensation when your vaccines are administered. This is very mild and lasts only a few seconds. Our nurses are very experienced in administration of vaccinations and will reassure you.
We recommend you make sure you have eaten well before you have any vaccinations. Having vaccines on an empty stomach may make you more prone to fainting.
You may experience mild side effects following vaccination and these include pain, swelling and redness at the injection site. These occur commonly and should be expected after vaccination. Occasionally, you can experience fever, tiredness, headache and loss of appetite. Try and rest if you experience these symptoms, drink plenty of fluids and take an analgesic such as paracetamol if you have a fever. These are usually self-limiting and do not require treatment.