Vaccine Consultation

Our vaccine service involves workplace and travel vaccinations. Our vaccine service is holistic and involves a *risk assessment where we provide you with expert and individualised advice on vaccines to take alongside medications such as anti-malarials and other items or measures to take to prevent yourself from getting a disease when travelling. 

*Initial Travel or Workplace vaccine Consultations can be booked as a Mini-Consultation
Vaccinations These prevent you from getting ill when exposed to bugs in high risk jobs or when travelling and exposed to bugs rarely encountered in the UK. Through an initial consultation and risk assessment we can work out which vaccinations will be appropriate for you.

Please bear in mind that some travel vaccines may be needed several weeks before departure to be effective at your destination. We advise you consult with us at least 6- 8 weeks before travelling, but we may still be able to help if you’re leaving sooner.

Workplace Vaccines may include: Hepatitis A Vaccine, Hepatitis B Vaccine, Diptheria/Tetanus/ Polio Vaccine, Influenza/ Flu Vaccines MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Vaccines....
Antimalarials We offer a range of antimalarials of which a selection can be made and sent to you after your travel consultation with us.

These would include one of the following:
  1. Malarone® (Atovaquone/ Proguanil- available over the counter)
  2. Mefloquine, commonly referred to as Lariam® (prescription only) or
  3. Doxycycline (prescription only)
They all need to be taken for a specified period before travelling, so be sure to book your travel consultation a few weeks before departure.
80p/ tablet
Atovaquone 250mg/ Proguanil 100mg: This is available without prescription. It should be started 1-2 days before entering the malaria endemic area and used daily whilst there, and for 7 days after your return to a malaria free area (it takes up to 7 days to kill the malarial parasite after being bitten). It should be taken with a fat containing meal or a milky drink.

Doxycycline: This prevents the malaria parasite from reproducing and kills in the process. Protection only starts 1-2 days after taking medication, hence the need to start treatment before travelling to ensure you are protected on arrival at your destination. Doxycycline provides 90-100% protection when used in conjunction with other measures. 

Lariam® (Mefloquine 250mg): Lariam interferes with the growth of the malaria parasites in the red blood cells. For it to be effective at the destination, you must start taking it at least 10 days before you depart. Usually the 2nd dose is taken 7 days after the first and 3 days before departure. It is best taken with food  and adequate water (on the same day each week) in order to prevent any stomach upset. As with other antimalarials, protection isn't guaranteed and  other bite prevention measures must be taken alongside it. It is suitable for both adults and young children. 

Book a Travel Assessment: £12.50 (redeemable against travel related purchases)

Period Delay There are times when having your period is annoying, especially during romantic get aways or special engagements. At such times delaying it for a short while is worth considering. We offer access to the prescription only medicine- Utovlan (Norethisterone 5mg) for this. This will postpone your period for as long as you take it and 2-3 days after stopping it.

There are other ways to delay your period, and if norethisterone is not the best option for you we can advice you otherwise or signpost you elsewhere.
From £16
Norethisterone is a synthetic version of progesterone, a natural hormone in your body which when present in high levels helps to maintain your womb lining. This prevents menstruation, hence period delay.

To use it effectively you must be able to predict when your period is due and start taking it 3 days before your due date and continue for the delay period (maximum of 17 days).

If you are already on the combined oral contraceptive pill, then delay your period by omitting the 7 day pill free break or use of inactive pills (do not take norethisterone).
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PrEP Are you looking to have a good time on your trip? Does that involve good or even wild & unprotected sex?

If the answer to any of the above is yes, and may involve casual or anal sex with a new partner or if you happen to get lucky with a romantic encounter with a wonderful person you just met, you may want to consider PrEP.

PrEP also know as Pre-exposure prophylaxis consists of two drugs called tenofovir and emtricitabine which prevent HIV. In clinical trials it provided up to 100% protection against HIV when taken as advised. If you would like to access PrEP from us, please book a Mini- Consultation or ring us for a telephone consultation.

PS: You must have had a recent sexual health screen with a kidney function test (including urine analysis) before taking this medication. Follow up tests should also be done every 3-6 months if you use it regularly. 
Travel Precautions and Other Medicines We can also advise on a range of actions that can help minimise your risks of contracting a disease when travelling. In addition, we can recommend or issue prescriptions for other medicines that may be necessary for you when travelling e.g. acetazolamide for altitude sickness or other medicines for acute illnesses that may occur when you travel.

Price of Travel Assessment: £12.50 (redeemable against travel related purchases)

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