Travel vaccinations


There is currently a national shortage of licensed rabies vaccine.  For ethical reasons, TrExMed Travel Clinic Edinburgh is therefore currently only offering intra-dermal rabies vaccinations: We certainly don't want to be in the position of having to deprive anyone the chance of a potentially life-saving vaccine, having recklessly used up our stocks via the i.m. route!

At the travel clinic, we offer all the standard travel vaccinations, plus a few that are only available at specialist clinics or on a named-patient basis. Not all vaccines are the same. Some vaccines consist only of a single dose prior to travelling, while others require a short course to help ensure an adequate immune response. Where a 'return visit' for follow-up vaccines is required, this is naturally included in the initial consultation charge.

One of the advantages of having a course of vaccinations at TrExMed Travel Clinic Edinburgh is that we are primarily open out-of-hours, at times convenient for most busy working people and families.  Prices of our most commonly prescribed travel vaccinations are listed below:


Yellow Fever 64.30 1 64.30
Rabies (intra-dermal) 35.00 3 105.00
Rabies (IM or ID outwith normal clinic times) 65.00 3 210.00
Japanese encephalitis - Ixiaro 94.50 2 189.00
Hepatitis A (adult) 34.00 1 34.00
Hepatitis A + Typhoid 68.00 1 68.00
Hepatitis A + B (adult) - Twinrix 61.00 3 160.00
Hepatitis A + B (child) - Ambirix 59.00 2 118.00
Hepatitis B (adult) 38.00 3 114.00
Whooping cough (TDaP + polio) 46.00 1 46.00
Typhoid (intra-muscular) 24.00 1 24.00
Typhoid (oral) 32.00 1 32.00
Cholera & ETEC (oral) 22.00 2 44.00
Meningitis ACWY - Nimenrix 55.20 1 55.20
Meningitis B - Bexsero 120.00 2 240.00
Tick-borne encephalitis 70.00 2 140.00
Tick-borne encephalitis (child) 60.00 2 120.00
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) 25.00 2 50.00
HPV (9 strains) - Gardasil 9 130.00 2-3* 260-390*
Chickenpox 52.50 2 105.00

(*Two doses up to and including age 14, three doses above)

We keep a good stock of most of the above vaccines in our fridge. Other, more expensive vaccines, e.g. shingles, HPV etc. can be ordered in on request.

TrExMed Travel Clinic Edinburgh is a registered Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre. Follow this link for more information about Yellow Fever and YF vaccination.

Rabies is one of the most important travel vaccinations to have before travelling. There are very few countries in the world which are free of rabies. Please visit this page for further information on rabies.

Japanese Encephalitis is another vaccine to consider for both short and long term travel to South-East Asia. Please visit this page for information on Japanese Encephalitis.

The type of meningococcal ACWY vaccination we use (Menveo) offers the best overall protection against bacterial meningitis in the tropics. This is the conjugated vaccine required for Hajj pilgrims by the Saudi Arabian authorities.

BCG is a vaccine that used to be recommended for all teenagers in the UK to help prevent tuberculosis (TB). However, it has been shown for some time now, through numerous, large-scale, international trials that BCG offers little or no individual protection against TB infection or from developing TB disease.

BCG does offer some protection is in the first year of life from developing the more severe forms of TB, such as TB meningitis and pericarditis. It is for this reason alone that BCG is routinely offered at birth to babies in highly endemic countries, and to infants in the UK likely to have visiting relatives from such countries.

BCG vaccine is thus of very limited use in travellers: It is only recommended by the WHO for infants (i.e. under the age of two) travelling or migrating to a country of higher TB prevalence.

Even for health care workers going to work on a TB ward, AIDS orphanage or with street kids in a developing country, there is now thought to be no significant protective benefit from having had the BCG vaccine.

In addition to the travel vaccinations listed above, we also offer some useful vaccines for people who missed or who fall outwith the target ages or populations for NHS immunisations under the national schedule.

These include: meningococcal B, chickenpox, HPV, shingles and MMR (measles, mumps & rubella) vaccines. These are usually administered with a ‘single item’ appointment. Please contact us in advance if you would like to request either a shingles or HPV vaccine, as we would need to order for these in especially for you, due to the cost.

©Jim Bond, 26th Oct 2017

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