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Travel Health and Vaccinations

If you’re planning to travel outside the UK, your travel health needs will depend on your individual situation. This includes: your destination, how long you’ll stay, what you’ll be doing and your general health.

You can access information on what vaccinations are required, together with malarial and safe travel advice at Fit for Travel

Travel health risk assessment

If you think you require vaccines and/or a malaria risk assessment, you should make an appointment with a travel health professional.

A travel health risk assessment is also recommended for some people, even when vaccines or malaria tablets aren’t required. This includes: older people, those with weakened immune system, those with long term conditions, pregnant women and children.

To make an appointment for a travel health risk assessment in Scotland, contact the NHS health board where you live. 

Alternatively, you can visit a private clinic for a risk assessment, advice and other travel vaccines

You should arrange a travel health risk assessment 6 to 8 weeks before you travel. This gives time for any vaccines you might need to become fully effective.

If your trip is sooner, remember it’s never too late to get advice.