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Travel VaccinationsWhy may I need to be vaccinated?
If you're about to travel outside of the UK, you may need to be vaccinated before you set off for your trip. The childhood vaccination programme in the UK protects you from a number of diseases, but you may need extra vaccinations or antimalarials if you're planning on visiting certain parts of the world.
Getting vaccinated can help prevent you from getting ill if you're exposed to diseases which we don't normally have in the UK. We can help you understand how to keep your risks low of getting a disease while abroad and help you work out which vaccinations and antimalarials you may want to consider depending on things like:
- Which regions you'll be visiting
- What activities you'll be doing
- Your age and general health
Some travel vaccinations may be needed several weeks before departure. Ideally you should see us six to eight weeks before travelling, but we may still be able to help if you're leaving sooner.
The Travel Vaccinations and Health Advice Service is available in selected UK stores. It's suitable for adults and children aged two and over. If you need antimalarials, our pharmacist can offer you them as part of this service if they're suitable. You don't have to book a separate appointment with the Malaria Prevention Service.
Our service offers the following vaccinations:
- Hepatitis A*
- Hepatitis B
- Meningitis ACWY
- Tick-borne encephalitis
- Yellow fever**
We also recommend making sure that your childhood immunisations are up to date to protect you against diseases like:
Travellers not sure of their vaccination history should check with their GP.
*These may be available for free on the NHS. Check with your GP
**Yellow fever vaccination is available in selected stores only. See the full list of stores offering this service.
You will need:
- Details about your trip (like destination, date and planned activities)
- Details of any medical condition or medication you're taking
- History of previous vaccinations if known
International travel is restricted due to COVID-19. Government guidance can be found here.
There may be a requirement to take a COVID-19 test when entering or before exiting the UK and Boots has a range of COVID-19 Testing Services available, see here.
Travellers destinations may require COVID-19 testing or self isolation periods on arrival and details can be found here.