The NHS is banning these travel vaccines from prescriptions – and it’s going to leave you with a hefty holiday bill


The NHS is banning these travel vaccines from prescriptions – and it’s going to leave you with a hefty holiday bill

The NHS has announced plans to stop GPs from prescribing ‘low-priority items’ – and travel vaccines are top of the list. In a bid to save £141million, the health service is set to blacklist or severely restrict 18 items, with a host of travel vaccinations set to be available through private clinics only. The travel vaccines currently cost the NHS £4.5million a year.

However, this leaves you potentially facing a hefty holiday bill on your next getaway.
Under the new rules, GPs won’t give out prescriptions for vaccines that are “exclusively for travel”, although the ban won’t apply to other “appropriate” uses. That means that even if you’re travelling to a country where certain vaccines are recommended, you’ll need to fork out your hard-earned cash.
It’s recommended that you sort out travel vaccines up at least eight weeks before you set off as some countries require you to have updated jabs for a certain amount of time – but rules vary depending on destinations so make sure you double check. (You can usually find this information on the FCO website ).
Although the NHS has not confirmed when the ban is set to take place, they’ve already updated their travel vaccinations section with the new guidelines.

What’s in our guide?
The vaccines set to be banned
Where to get the vaccines
How much they will cost you
The vaccines still available on the NHS

The vaccines set to be banned
Hepatitis B (when it’s not combined with Hepatitis A)
Japanese Encephalitis
Meningitis A
Yellow Fever
Tick-borne Encephalitis

Where to get the vaccines
Before you travel, you should still speak to your GP or practice nurse to find out which of your existing jabs are up to date. They should also be able to give you general advice about the vaccinations you need, and further travel health tips.
Because not all travel jabs are available on the NHS, there are already plenty of travel clinics set up which offer the vaccinations. Below are a few websites where you can find the nearest clinics to you.
Boots: A selection of Boots stores offer vaccination services including travel jabs.
Superdrug : Their Health clinic website includes a breakdown by vaccination so you can easily find the clinics offering the jabs you need.
Yellow fever centres: Only registered centres on this list can offer the yellow fever vaccine.

How much they will cost you*
The bad news is that the treatments don’t come cheap – and prices vary depending on the clinic.
Hepatitis B: Prices start from around £120.
Japanese Encephalitis: Doses from around £89.
Meningitis A: Prices start from £50 for a course.
Yellow Fever: Typically costs around £60-80.
Tick-borne Encephalitis: Prices for a course can be as much as £195.
Rabies: According to the NHS website, each dose is usually £40-£55, with a full course typically costing £120-£165.

TB: If you’re not at risk of TB you won’t be eligible for the vaccine. If you are at risk, this should still be available on the NHS.

The vaccines still available on the NHS
Diphtheria, polio and tetanus (Combined booster)
Hepatitis A (including when combined with typhoid or Hepatitis B)

The NHS website explains that “these are usually free because they protect against diseases thought to represent the greatest risk to public health if they were brought into the country”.

*These prices were correct at the time of publishing this article.

Mirror Article – Written By Julie Delahaye Online Travel Writer

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