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Travel vaccinations

What to think about before you travel

Plan ahead and contact your GP surgery for travel advice.

Contact your GP surgery at least 8 weeks before you’re due to travel for advice on vaccinations.

Some vaccines require a number of doses spread over several weeks or months. You need to allow time for your body to develop immunity (protection) before you travel.

You will need to pay for travel vaccinations. To get prices, contact your surgery.

Check your destination and which travel vaccinations are needed

For stress-free travelling, check which travel vaccinations you may need against potentially serious diseases found in other parts of the world.

Refer to the list of countries on the Travel Health Pro website and travel vaccinations on the NHS website to research the health risks in the country you are travelling to. You can discuss this with your GP or nurse in your surgery.

Getting travel vaccinations and advice in Jersey

All GP surgeries in Jersey offer travel vaccinations for adults and children.

To get prices of travel vaccinations and travel advice, contact your surgery.

Check your or your family’s vaccination status

Most adults born since the mid-1950s or later should have received, during childhood, a range of vaccinations against serious diseases.

Five doses of diphtheria, tetanus and polio vaccines are offered as part of the routine childhood vaccination programme.

These five doses of diphtheria, tetanus and polio vaccines given at the appropriate intervals in childhood should ensure long-term protection throughout adulthood. Additional doses may be needed depending on where you plan to travel or following potential exposure to the disease.

If you’re unsure if you received five doses of diphtheria, tetanus and polio vaccines as a child, check with your GP when you attend to discuss travel vaccinations.

If you were born during 1980 or after, or you were schooled in Jersey, we may hold an electronic record of your childhood vaccinations on the Jersey Child Health Information System. To check, you can email the Child Health Team with:

  • your name
  • date of birth
  • Jersey address
  • what schools you attended

Child vaccines

The majority of children in Jersey will be up to date with their childhood vaccinations. If your child is unvaccinated, we recommend you get them protected before you travel.

Measles outbreaks are occurring in many countries around the world. If your child is not fully protected with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination, you may wish to reconsider your plans to travel.

For up-to-date information on your child’s vaccination record, email the Child Health Team with:

  • your child’s name
  • date of birth
  • address
  • what school they attended, if any

Find out more about the Jersey routine childhood immunisation programme.

Further travel advice

Read the latest foreign travel advice on gov.uk.


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