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Our nurses are able to provide a comprehensive vaccinations and advice service to those venturing abroad on holiday or work. You should contact the practice nurse well in advance of your travel date.

Download and complete our Travel Form and return to the surgery 6-8 weeks before you Travel.

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IMPORTANT: if you are travelling to Pakistan, Cameroon and Syria please contact the practice for advice about a vaccination for "Wild Polio". Further information is below:

Background and Interpretation:

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a statement on 5 May 2014 declaring that the recent international spread of wild poliovirus is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) and issued Temporary Recommendations under the International Health Regulations (2005) to prevent further spread of polio as the polio high-season approaches. WHO will reassess the Temporary Recommendations in 3 months time. The WHO Director General’s

Temporary Recommendations include: 

States Currently Exporting Wild Poliovirus (Pakistan, Cameroon, and Syria) should (among other steps) ensure that all residents and long-term visitors (i.e. > 4 weeks) receive a dose of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) or inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) between 4 weeks and 12 months prior to international travel; those undertaking urgent travel (i.e. within 4 weeks) should ensure they receive a dose at least by the time of departure.
States Infected with Wild Poliovirus but Not Currently Exporting wild poliovirus (Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Somalia and particularly Nigeria) should (among other steps) encourage residents and long-term visitors to receive a dose of OPV or IPV 4 weeks to 12 months prior to international travel; those undertaking urgent travel (i.e. within 4 weeks) should be encouraged to receive a dose at least by the time of departure.
The WHO Temporary Recommendations are primarily focused on countries that are currently exporting and/or infected with wild polio-virus. Routine polio vaccine uptake in the UK is high and has been sustained at this high level for many years. The last indigenous case of wild poliovirus infection was in 1984 and the UK, along with the European region, was declared polio-free in 2003. The risk of importation and local transmission of wild polio-virus from visitors from infected countries remains extremely low and has probably fallen in recent years. However, there are important potential implications of the WHO recommendations for the UK, which has significant numbers of travellers to and from the affected countries. The PHE guidance below will be reviewed regularly, as further advice emerges from ECDC and in 3 months, when the WHO will review their Temporary Recommendations: 

  • Surveillance: UK has a strong polio surveillance programme. Following wild-polio circulation in the Middle East and in East Africa, enhanced surveillance and vaccination activities have been undertaken in communities with close links to the affected countries. PHECs will continue to work with NHS locally to raise awareness with clinicians about the current global risk and urge them to maintain awareness for suspected cases returning from affected areas in the two groups above.
  • Vaccination of long term visitors to infected countries: PHE has reviewed the WHO recommendations. Based on this PHE and NaTHNaC have agreed modified advice for the small number of UK travellers at high risk of exposure to poliovirus. This includes those:
    • travelling to work in settings with extremely poor hygiene (for example refugee camps);
    • likely to be in close proximity with cases (for example healthcare workers);
    • visiting affected countries for 6 months or more.
  • In these instances, visitors should be advised to be up to date for polio vaccination and to have a booster dose of polio vaccine, if they had not received one in the past 12 months.
    Although WHO are advising that other shorter term travellers (4 weeks to six months) should be required to show evidence of recent vaccination (in the previous 12 months) at the point of exit from affected countries, the UK considers that the risk from UK residents visiting for shorter lengths of time is low. PHE’s interim advice is therefore that the risk is not sufficient to justify additional vaccination for these travellers, beyond the current recommendation to be up to date for polio vaccination and to have had the final dose or an additional booster within the past 10 years. We are seeking clarification on the approach that will be taken in Pakistan on exit, the affected country receiving the greatest number of UK travellers, and will be working with other colleagues in Europe to review this position. 
  • Screening of arrivals and returning travellers: The WHO temporary recommendations do not include entry screening of passengers from affected countries. PHE is not recommending the implementation of screening for vaccination or infection at point of entry in the UK for passengers from affected countries.

References/ Sources of information
1.     DH Briefing
2.     Public Health England. Surveillance of Polio in the UK.
3.     Public Health England, Migrant Health Guide. Poliomyelitis and Post-Polio Syndrome.