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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.
For more information visit www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk.
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:
References/ Sources of information
1. DH Briefing
2. Public Health England. Surveillance of Polio in the UK. http://www.hpa.org.uk/ProductsServices/MicrobiologyPathology/UKStandardsForMicrobiologyInvestigations/TermsOfUseForSMIs/AccessToUKSMIs/SMIUKProtocols/smiP01SurveillanceofPoliointheUK/
3. Public Health England, Migrant Health Guide. Poliomyelitis and Post-Polio Syndrome. http://www.hpa.org.uk/MigrantHealthGuide/HealthTopics/InfectiousDiseases/Polio/