You should aim to book your vaccines at least 6 to 8 weeks before you are planning to go on holiday. Some vaccines take weeks to become effective, while others require multiple injections. Getting your holiday vaccines as soon as possible is crucial for them to be effective.
The vaccines you will require for your trip will depend on your destination. The most common vaccines include Japanese encephalitis, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and meningitis. Visit our Find a Destination section to find the recommended vaccines for your holiday.
After taking a vaccine, you may experience mild side effects including swelling and redness around the injection area. You may also experience fever, tiredness, and headaches in some cases. In the event of this, try to relax and drink plenty of fluids.
Our experienced staff will make your vaccine as comfortable as possible, but you still may feel a mild sting during the treatment. This mild sting will typically last a few seconds and leave the area sore. With the injection taking a few seconds, the procedure is over very quickly. Our staff will make sure the treatment is completed as fast and as painless as possible, so you can get on with your day.
Some vaccines require regular boosters throughout your life to be effective, while others are a one-off. Vaccines such as meningitis are expected to only last around 5 years, so a booster is often recommended if you’re visiting an area of high risk. To get expert advice on if you need a booster vaccine or not, we suggest consulting with a member of our team.