Uncertainty over the future of travel vaccinations on the NHS

Public Health England are reviewing whether travel vaccinations should be continue to be made available as an NHS Prescription. The Government has been consulting on “Items which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care”.

Chair of the Commons Health Select Committee, Sarah Woolaston MP has expressed concerns, arguing that “the public health consequences of altering the availability of travel vaccines may outweigh any financial savings”.

The consultation describes travel vaccinations as being “clinically effective but due to the nature of the product, are deemed a low priority for NHS funding”

The Consultation goes on to say:

“The following vaccinations should not be prescribed on the NHS for the purposes of travel Hepatitis B

  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Meningitis ACWY
  • Yellow Fever
  • Tick-borne encephalitis
  • Rabies
  • BCG

Some of these are administered on the NHS for the purposes of travel in error and due to complicated vaccination reimbursement.”