Travel Medicine

Travel Medicine

Why choose GBMC for travel advice and vaccines?

All of our Travel Clinic staff are trained Travel Medicine Specialists and members of the Travel Medicine Society of Ireland so you can be assured that you are receiving only the best care and travel advice.
Our rigorous protocols ensure that you are provided with the most detailed travel information possible to ensure you have the safest trip possible.

This includes not only the administration of required vaccinations but also advice on insect-borne diseases (dengue, malaria and others), air travel safety, skin cancer prevention, food and water safety and personal safety tips while abroad.

In conjunction with the Travel Medicine Society of Ireland and our Health Professional specific software, we ensure that our travel advice is relevant and tailored to your particular travel itinerary.

We have access to worldwide travel alerts so can give up-to-the-minute advice on health risks in your destinations.
We can't promise the vaccines will be completely painfree but compared to 2 weeks of a lovely Gastroenteritis, bringing home Hepatitis B, Malaria or other unwanted souvenir, or being bitten by a rabid dog, we would choose the temporary sting of a vaccination.

What will it cost?

We understand that Travel Vaccinations can be an expensive addition to an already expensive trip abroad so we aim to provide the most cost-effective service to you. We offer discounts for couples who attend together for a shared consultation and rates for group consults are available on request.

Which vaccines will I need?

Vaccine requirements will vary depending several factors including previous vaccination history, destination, planned activities etc so it's not possible to give a simple answer to the question of which vaccines are required.

Commonly needed vaccines for travel to certain parts of Asia, Africa and America include Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Tetanus and Diphtheria.
Typical cost for consult, vaccines and malaria script for such a trip is €140 to €150 (€165 if polio required) and pharmacy cost for malaria tablets.

Add €35 to include Yellow Fever.

Hepatitis B vaccines are advised for travellers staying away for a month or more in some areas. Rabies vaccines may be required if you will be staying or trekking in remote or jungle areas in some countries, or working with animals.

Rabies and Hepatitis B vaccines both require a course of 3 injections at intervals over the course of 28 days so it makes sense to get your vaccinations earlier rather than later.

Depending on the Travel Alerts in operation at the time of your travel and on the countries you intend to visit, other vaccines may be required.
Our Travel Clinic staff will ensure that you are made aware of all relevant alerts and advise you of the recommeded vaccines.

UPDATE June 2016:

A worldwide shortage of Hepatitis A vaccine & Typhoid vaccine is making it difficult for us to guarantee stock of both these products.
Please phone to confirm availability and cost as prices are fluctuating.
At the moment we have limited stock of both which are selling fast.

When to book?

There is no harm in having your vaccines well in advance as vaccination provides years of immunity, but it could cost you dearly healthwise to not leave enough time to get covered.

For most short-stay trips with uncomplicated itineraries (e.g. 2 weeks in one country), ensuring you have your vaccines at least 2 weeks before travel may be sufficient.

However, long stays and trips where you visit a few countries - particularly higher-risk countries - are likely to require courses of vaccines over a couple of months so it is best to book your travel consultation a few months in advance if unsure.

A Travel Consultation will take a minimum of 30 minutes or 45 minutes in the case of trips of more than 1 month so please allow enough time in your day for this when booking.
Our Admin staff will ensure that we allow enough time to be as thorough as possible.

Compulsory Vaccines

Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever is the only compulsory vaccine, without proof of vaccination against which you can be refused entry into about 44 African and Latin American countries.

Galway Bay Medical Centre is a Registered Yellow Fever Centre and can provide certification to persons who need this vaccine and receive it from our doctors.

A certificate of Yellow Fever vaccination is obligatory if this disease is endemic in the country you are travelling to. However, there may also be restrictions in adjacent countries, where you may have less risk of contracting the disease, but may be refused entry without a certificate of Yellow Fever vaccination.

Please note the Yellow Fever certificate becomes valid ten days after you receive the vaccination. You should bring a detailed itinerary for your travels when coming for travel health consultation.

Non-Compulsory Vaccines

All other vaccines such as Hepatitis A & Typhoid, for example, while important for your safety during travel to many destinations in Asia, Africa and Latin America are only recommended.

Our Travel Clinic team will advise you of the risks of infection and of the consequences should you contract any of the diseases associated. You can decline vaccination if you wish.

We would strongly suggest that you DO get vaccinated but you are old enough and bold enough to make up your own mind on that score.

Common (and not-so-common) risks when traveling

Zika Virus

Zika virus is arguably the most serious new threat to female world travellers of childbearing age (and their unborn children should they conceive around that time), and to non-travellers whose partners return from Brazil or one of the other 54 countries where the disease is currently reported.
The virus can remain transmissible through sperm for 3 months after return.

Zika Virus is transmitted primarily through Mosquitos and in most cases infection with Zika Virus causes a mild illness which will resolve itself pretty quickly without need for intervention or medication.

Symptoms last for about 1 week after being bitten by an infected mosquito with time from exposure to symptoms ranging from 3 - 12 days.
Around 80% of Zika Virus infection cases will go unnoticed. However.....

.....There is no no doubt that Zika Virus infection during pregnancy can cause adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes and should be taken very seriously.

There is no vaccination against Zika Virus as yet so care must be taken to avoid being bitten by use of mosquito nets and sprays etc where appropriate.

If you are concerned about a possible exposure, we can carry out testing for you via our laboratory partners. These tests are expensive however, so we would recommend a consultation with one of our GPs to discuss any concerns you may have.
Further details and costs for Zika testing can be found here

Dengue Fever

For many travellers to SouthEast Asia, the Pacific and South America, the disease you are most likely to contract is Dengue Fever which has exploded in incidence recently, now affecting over 100 tropical and subtropical countries.
The vaccine is unavailable in Ireland but there are ways to reduce your risk of exposure.


Rabies has a fatality rate of approximately 100% for those who get infected and don't seek medical help.
Bali and Vietnam are among numerous popular tourist destinations to have seen marked surges in rabies cases. 95% of human deaths occur in the Indian subcontinent, Asia and Africa.
A course of Rabies vaccine is expensive but compared to the alternative, may turn out to be the best money you'll ever spend. Rabies infection is a particularily nasty way to die.


In 2015, 3.2 billion people (half of the world's population) were at risk of malaria. 95 countries are affected, with the bulk of cases in sub-Saharan Africa. There is no available vaccine as yet that will protect you from Malaria but anti-malaria medication when appropriate and common sense will go a long way.

Other risks:

Protection from some of the bigger risks when abroad cannot be provided by vaccination alone.

For example, road traffic accidents and unprotected sexual contact are the main sources of infection with dieases such as Hepatitis B and HIV. In these cases, expert advice and awareness can be as valuable as an injection.

Some leisure activities which wouldn't give you a second thought when at home can be very risky when abroad, for example: Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia) is a common consequence of swimming in stagnant lakes and showering in lakeside lodges . 80% of infection occurs in Africa, but 74 countries are affected.

Useful Links

Irish Consulate – Country Specific Information:

Irish Consulate:  - Staying Safe Abroad:

Irish Consulate – What to do in an Emergency:

UK Foreign Office – Country Specific Information:

US Consulate – Country Specific Information:


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