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What is the appointment fee?

  • All fees are per traveller (resident & non resident) and include GST of 15%
  • Existing clients: 'New Trip' $75 (30 min)  *had a previous standard appointment*
  • Adult: $100 1st visit (30 min with the doctor incl. time to receive vaccinations).
  • Adults x 2: $95 each 1st visit (bring in your travelling companion: 60 minutes)
  • Child junior rates for age <14 yr ($70 to $75)
  • Saturday surcharge for new clients first visit: $25 
  • First time group appointments will require a $50 deposit at time of booking
  • 2nd visit & subsequent appointment & adminstration fee for all travellers is $25 and you can discuss queries you may have from the initial appointment 
  • ‘Malaria only’ : $45; 'Medical kit only' : $35
  • 'Yellow fever only' : $65 i.e. you have no other travel health concerns eg other vaccines, rabies, malaria prevention or treatment options, altitude guides & gastro flow guides, travel medical kits. No personalised 'checklist' is provided and your other medical or chronic medical concerns unrelated to the yellow fever vaccine will not be discussed. 
  • Family special: 2 adults + 2 child 90 min $295; 2 adults + 3 child <14yr 2 hour $325
  • Group appointments are at one sitting, but individualised to each traveller
  • Extended appointment fees apply for all appointments that exceed standard time
  • If our staff do assist you with a 'double booking', you may need to be patient and wait  
  • There is no fee for requesting our doctor’s advice + assistance while travelling
  • Post travel i.e. after travel illness: $120 (30 minutes) 
  • We receive no funding from the government (MOH) for attending to you
  • All appointment fees are chargeable even if you choose not to have any vaccines
  • If you do not accept the above costs, please do not book an appointment

 

What will the vaccines cost?

  • All prices include GST of 15% and are the same for non-NZ residents
  • The costs are per dose as per the 'Vaccination Schedule' on our left main menu and will be clearly explained to you at your appointment
  • Some vaccines may require more than one dose to be effective
  • Costs vary in price from $35 to ~$250 for specialised vax eg Japanese Encephalitis.
  • Tetanus/Diptheria: avoid this 2 in 1 combination vaccine as no pertussis protection. Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis $55, Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis/Polio $100 (4 in1)
  • Typhoid $65, Hepatitis B $40, Hepatitis A $105, Hepatitis a+B $105, Yellow Fever $110
  • Some vaccines appear expensive but give you lifelong immunity and are 'an investment for future travel health
  • General Costs:
  • Total approx costs for a first time traveller: appointment + vaccines for a standard trip e.g. 14 days to Asia (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, polio, hepatitis, typhoid) is $295 + 
  • 'Off the beaten' track travel may involve more specialised vaccines e.g. rabies $75 and will increase the total cost of consult + vaccines to ~ $400 ++
  • If you are still unsure about costs or need to budget, rather have the appointment only; then plan the vaccines for a later date
  • We keep our prices as reasonable as possible, yet deliver a high quality travel medicine service to our travellers
  • We purchase our travel vaccines in bulk and pass the discounts onto you
  • Your medical insurance company will usually cover the costs of the appointment, however the vaccine costs are not usually covered as they are considered to be preventative! They usually reimburse you for 'after travel' illnesses 
  • We receive no funding from the government for your vaccinations
  • If you request prescriptions for medication we do not stock, script fee is $25(per A5)
  • We can only assist with prescriptions for previously prescribed medication eg OC's
  • We accept Eftpos, Visa, Mastercard, Amex (No Cheques) - all invoices to be paid on the day (i.e. no accounts or discounts, manual credit card transactions 5% bank fee)
  • For medico-legal reasons, you cannot return any vaccines or medication once it's been dispensed (taken home)
  • All prices quoted are subject to change

Can you quote and advise the travel vaccinations I need on the telephone or email?

Our reception staff are not qualified to offer medical advice. They can advise on how it works when you come in and they can book you in for an appointment.

The vaccinations you need depends on a number of factors: on you, your age, your health status, your previous immunity, your trip (duration, country, season, accommodation and activities). 

However, we do have a 'Country Report'  on the main menu of our website where you can select the country you are travelling to from the CDC website. This will give you a general idea of what you need to consider for your trip.  

We receive no government funding and our medical staff do not provide a telephone consultation service as they are busy attending to travellers that are in our clinic.

We can offer email advice to clients that have previously entered into a 'medical relationship' with us ie. consulted our doctor previously. However if it's been more than 2 years we suggest you book a 'new trip' appointment.

 

Why do I need to pay a consultation fee as I know what I need?

All vaccinations and medications are prescription items and this means medico-legally that you need to have a consultation to get them. Consultation time can between 15-60 minutes and is a service we provide.

What to bring to your appointment

  • Past vaccination records (authenticated ie batch numbers, site, signature) 
  • Baby book or plunket and 'yellow book' or vaccination 'passport'
  • Any relevant blood test results if available.
  • Details of your trip itinerary, so we are can advise you for specific areas of risk
  • List of all medical conditions and medications
  • Your passport (or a copy) if you are having the yellow fever vaccine
  • If there are any inconsistencies with your prior vaccine records we will point it out to you and may recommend & request blood tests at your initial appointment. Blood tests results take ~24-48 hours.This will save time, money and needles. Labtests collection center is a short walk from our clinic.
  • We cannot sign off or document any past vaccines without proof (so please don't insist that your mum says it has all been completed).
  • If you are unsure of previous disease or immunisations, we can request blood tests for immunity at your initial appointment: measles, chicken pox and hepatitis (NB: antibody blood results need to be interpreted in the context of what you may have had or not had in the past). Some blood tests are chargeable by the laboratory e.g. hepatitis B ( $20 + blood collection fee of $10)

How long before my trip should I book and how do I book?

  • You can telephone or request a appointment online
  • We will require a email address to confirm all appointment bookings
  • We will send you a 'confirmatory' email within 24 hours to confirm the type of appointment, date, time & relevant website information to read
  • If you do not receive the 'confirmatory' email, please check your 'junk folder' first then email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check on the status of your booking
  • Plan as early as possible, 6-8 weeks before departure 
  • However, if you are leaving at short notice, remember  'it's never too late to vaccinate' e.g. hepatitis A  can be administered on your way to the airport and it will be effective!
  • Late is better than never i.e. some protection is better than none
  • Some vaccine schedules can be 'accelerated' eg rabies, hepatitis B, japanese encephalitis if you have time contraints before the trip
  • Feel free to come in anytime, browse, talk to our travel assistants who will show your around our clinic, so you know what to expect before you book an appointment with our travel doctor
  • If you make an appointment and do not 'show up', we can rebook you (with pre-payment)

The earlier the better for good reasons :

  • You can better plan what is best for you
  • Some vaccination require several doses e.g. rabies (3 doses)
  • Some immunisations take time to give you protection
  • Some malaria tablets need to be tested well before your travel
  • Minimise any possible side effects while away 

How long will I have to be at the clinic ?

  • The first appointment is 30 minutes with the travel doctor including the time to receive vaccinations.
  • Allow for a further 15 minutes for our staff to assist you with the 'checklist' our travel doctor prepares for you.
  • You can bring a friend along to wait in reception and your friend can be called in (when you are receiving the vaccines).

What will happen during my first visit ?

  • Fill out a comprehensive questionnaire on ‘you, your health, your trip’ which takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete
  • Therefore do try to get to us well before your appointment time with our doctor so we don't have to 'rush' you through. Plan for traffic and parking. If you are late, we may have to schedule your vaccines for a later date
  • Only the booked travellers goes into the appointment, unless the traveller is a minor
  • You will be advised by the doctor (30 minutes including time to receive vaccinations)
  • Following this, a 'checklist ' and personalised vaccine schedule is generated for you on Inca: a specialised travel medicine programme to advise and manage your vaccinations
  • The travel doctor will provide an overview of the risks for your trip e.g. food and water, health hazards, altitude, insects and animals, malaria, dengue, deep vein thrombosis, women's issues, medical kits, travel insurance, safety and security, and environmental concerns. Our travel assistants will assist you in more detail after your appointment.
  • We will recommend the vaccines you need to protect yourself; you decide what you wish to have depending on your budget and the degree of protection you want (not 'fear' factor)
  • The vaccines will be administered on the day by our doctor or at a later date that suits you. We will advise the vaccine combinations and time frame to have the vaccines 
  • Our philosophy is not to administer vaccinations unless medically necessary 
  • If you are unable to decide on any vaccination (after your initial 30 minute appointment) and wish to do more research e.g. CDC Country/Disease Report, you will be advised to book a subsequent follow up appointment ($25)
  • Extended appointment fees will apply if you prolong the appointment beyond 30 minutes.
  • Please don't commit to a course of vaccines if you cannot complete e.g. hepatitis A/B
  • All vaccines given and blood tests results are documented on the official 'International Health Regulation Certificate of Vaccination'  - issued by the NZ Ministry of Health
  • No vaccines are administered without your signed consent and acknowledging that you have read the 'Questions & Answers' and 'Vaccinations' page of this website (NZ Medical Council)
  • The vaccines are given in your non dominant upper arm; you can choose to sit or lie down.
  • If you are anxious please request a 'relaxing' medication at the start of your appointment
  • After the vaccines are administered, we advise you wait in the clinic for at least 15 minutes
  • Please use this time to allow our staff to help you with your 'checklist' 
  • Allow 45 – 60 minutes of time for your first visit
  • Once dispensed, oral vaccines and medication cannot be returned 
  • NB: right of admission to our clinic is reserved
  • Please familiarise yourself with all our appointment and vaccine costs so there is no confusion when you come in

Can I go to my GP or 'GP travel clinic' for travel advice & vaccines?

  • GP’s usually refer their patients to a travel clinic : Travel Medicine is what we do
  • We do not have the expertise to do what your family doctor does, neither does your GP or 'GP travel clinic' have the expertise to do what we do
  • We use IncaClinic: a specialised travel medicine software to advise and manage your vaccines
  • You save time and money by not having two travel appointments, and possibly inappropriate immunisations and vaccination dosing schedules
  • It is also not ideal for a 'well' traveller to be sitting in a doctors waiting area before travel filled with other 'sick' patients' + contagious bugs (coughs/colds/vomiting/diarrhoea)
  • Our travel vaccines are very competitively priced and better priced than most family medical centres, as we pass our bulk purchase discounts to you
  • Our doctor spends 30 minutes with you and provides you with a comprehensive, personalised, latest, up to date 'checklist' for your trip
  • Most GP practices or GP 'travel clinics' do not offer or administer specialised travel vaccines eg rabies ID or combination vaccines like the 4:1 tetanus
  • At the travel clinic you get specialist advice and guides regarding vaccines, 'real-time' malaria risk, insect avoidance measures, medical kits, altitude, water filters, compression stockings, deep vein thrombosis, travel insurance etc.
  • It is a one-stop for healthy and safe products and covers the A-Z of travel health.
  • We give you the latest, correct, up to date information (not advice that may be inconsistent especially as regards the 'real-time' risk of malaria)
  • We provide you with the official "New Zealand Ministry of Health - International Health Regulations Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis" which you can use for the rest of your travelling life. This certificate is only available at travel health clinics.
  • We cannot advise you on vaccines timing and schedules if they are not administerd in our clinic.
  • We send your family doctor a copy of your visits to our travel clinic (at your request once all your vaccine series are completed)

How will I feel ?

  • The side effects of modern vaccines are minor
  • It only hurts for a second or two (if you allow us to 'warm' up the injection area)
  • Its best not to watch if you are anxious; request to lie down if you are tense
  • You do not need to go without food before you have vaccinations or blood tests
  • You can do all your usual activities after the immunisations
  • You can drive, work, gym; but best to take it easy on the day of the jabs
  • Do drink lots of water after vaccinations as side effects are minimised if you are well hydrated
  • Avoid or reduce alcohol consumption 
  • If you don’t feel well after the 'jabs', then take it easy 
  • Local reactions at the site of the injection are a positive indication that your immune system is responding to the vacccine.

What are the side effects of the jabs ?

  • There is no ‘gain without pain’, e.g. the tetanus injection may cause a lump or redness and hardness that persists for a few weeks (in younger individuals) 
  • The next day you may feel tired, sore body, slight temperature  and may develop tender enlarged glands (lymph nodes in the armpit or neck)
  • Sore throat and vomiting is highly unlikely due to the vaccines
  • There is always the possibility of a rare adverse event or vaccine failure
  • For those travellers that 'loathe' having immunisations and 'things put into my body'; however do consume wine, alcohol, smoke, preservatives; please have a read of https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/want-to-avoid-cancer-drink-less-say-experts-6340462.html

Use an ice pack (not heat) and an arm sling if you have a red arm and take paracetamol if you have body aches and/or a fever. If you still feel unwell, please give our doctor a call and we will consult you at no charge.  


 
 

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