NHS Dumfries & Galloway

Travel vaccinations for going abroad

If you are planning to travel abroad, you can now book the vaccinations you need at dedicated travel clinics held in participating medical practices throughout Dumfries and Galloway.

Make FitforTravel Your First Destination

As soon as you start planning your trip abroad, it’s important to check out what you need to know and do to help you travel safely. You can find general travel health information, including how to stay safe and healthy abroad and which vaccinations you may need for your trip, at the NHS Scotland website, FitforTravel

Once you have visited the FitforTravel website and checked what vaccinations you need before you travel, you should contact your local participating general medical practice to discuss and to book your vaccination appointment. There are currently four medical practices located in Dumfries and Galloway offering travel vaccination.

The four medical practices are: 

Craignair Health Centre
Port Road
01556 610331
Four Winds
Main Street,
01581 300315
Newton Stewart
01581 300315
33-35 Castle Street
01387 257752
Edinburgh Road
01387 259944

Vaccines Provided Free by NHS Scotland

The following travel vaccines are provided free for residents of Scotland planning to travel abroad. These vaccinations are provided free because they protect against diseases thought to represent the greatest risk to public health if they were brought into the country.

  • Polio
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis A
  • Cholera

Ideally, you should receive any vaccinations 8 weeks before your trip to ensure they take full effect before you go abroad.

The vaccinations you need will depend on:

  • The country you are going to
  • Your accommodation
  • How long you will stay
  • What you will be doing
  • Your general health

As is the case throughout Scotland, not all medical practices in Dumfries and Galloway provide travel vaccination. Instead, you should contact your local participating medical practice directly to book a vaccination appointment.

You can find the contact details of participating medical practices in Dumfries and Galloway offering travel vaccination in the list above. 

Other travel vaccines

You may also need vaccination against other diseases, depending on where you are travelling and what you will be doing while there. It is likely that you will have to pay for vaccination against:

  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Rabies
  • Tick-borne encephalities
  • Yellow fever

Please click to learn more about rabies and the rabies vaccine.