Travel Vaccinations at Boots Guide
Sometimes when planning a trip, it is easy to overlook things like travel vaccinations. However, getting the appropriate vaccinations before your travel is vitally important. Some travel vaccinations are free on the NHS, but some have to be paid for. You can book travel vaccinations and have them administered safely at pharmacies such as Boots in the UK.
Are travel vaccinations necessary?
YES. There are serious infectious diseases in other parts of the world which you could be exposed to when travelling outside of the UK. These can have severe effects on your health, even causing death. You can prevent catching and spreading these diseases by being vaccinated against them before you leave the UK. Some vaccinations will require several weeks to work, or the administration of multiple doses. This is why it is important to consult with your GP or a pharmacist at least 6-8 weeks in advance. Check which vaccinations are required for entry to your destination country before making arrangements. The information is available on gov.uk, or you can use the helpful quick check tool on the Boots website. It is necessary to get the appropriate vaccinations within the required time frame. If you do not, then not only are you increasing your risk of serious illness and spreading it to others, but you may not be allowed to travel.
Which travel vaccinations are available at Boots?
Boots offers a consultation service to allow you to figure out a vaccination plan. The vaccinations that each person in your party needs will depend on which countries you are visiting, which activities you will be doing, and information such as age, health, and medical history. Vaccinations are available to adults and children over 5 years old from Boots. The Boots pharmacists can help you to determine which vaccinations are necessary, how much they are going to cost, and how many appointments it will take to complete the full course. These are the vaccinations you can get at Boots:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Japanese encephalitis
- Tick-borne encephalitis
- Meningitis ACWY
- Yellow fever
Boots will also advise you to check with your GP that your MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) and DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, and polio) vaccinations are up to date. If they are not, then your GP should be able to arrange these for free.
How much do travel vaccinations cost at Boots?
Unfortunately, the vaccinations listed above are not free at Boots. Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to get Hepatitis A, cholera, or typhoid vaccinations for free on the NHS. Otherwise, when you book them or any of the others at Boots, you will have to pay for the course of vaccinations. These are the current vaccination prices at Boots:
Please note that this table does not include prices for malaria prevention tablets. You may need these depending on your destination and planned activities. Malaria prevention medications range from 23p per tablet to £4.28 per tablet. The number of tablets and dosage regime required depends on the specific medication type and the trip’s duration.
How to Book Travel Vaccinations at Boots
The Boots Travel Health Advice Service is available in 300 locations. Find the closest Boots store which offers this service and you should be able to book an appointment online. Yellow fever vaccinations are only available at select Boots locations, which are listed here. The service is convenient because it allows you to choose the most suitable appointment time. You can even collect Boots Advantage Card points on travel vaccination purchases. When you attend a consultation, this is likely to take around 40 minutes. You will need to know your vaccination history, your medical history, and details about your trip. The consultant will discuss the necessary vaccines and their prices with you, and schedule appointments for them. They can also give you advice on anti-malarial medication if appropriate.