I get a vaccine shot every month, and I get to store the doses in my fridge. However now at the end of September I am travelling to the UK to study there. I am from Spain and I was told by my doctor that people have previously done it and translated all the required documents to English.

However I don't know who I should contact there and how to arrange it. I also don't know how I would take the vaccines with me because they must be in the fridge at all times. They can be out of the fridge for like an hour / hour and a half. No more. And the trip from here to when I reach my destination and get to a fridge will be a lot of hours. What can I do?

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Quite a few products are designed to keep medication (such as insulin) cool while travelling, some for as long as 48 hours, and might work for you. A quick search on Amazon turned up any number of choices such as ThermaFreeze and Frio. The Frio website has lots of other options, helpful FAQs, and links about travelling with medications, and a vendor in Madrid.

Check ahead with your airline, advising them what you are carrying, as well as looking at the regulations in Spain. Have them in your carry-on luggage, not in checked baggage. Generally, you advise security that you are carrying essential medication, have a letter from your physician (original, not a copy), and the prescription. Both should be accompanied by English translations for entry into the UK. And a suggestion: review the UK regulations regarding what may not be brought into the country.

And, similarly, on your departure from England, gov.uk guidance:

You can take medical equipment with you if it's essential for your journey. The equipment is screened separately and you must show documentation from a qualified medical professional, such as a letter from your doctor.

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