How to get Vaccinated

HEPATITIS A 

  • Complete of a course of hepatitis A vaccine offers immunity against the virus for up to 10 years. 
  • CONTACT YOUR TRAVEL NURSE.

HEPATITIS B

  • complete course of hepatitis B vaccine offers protection against hepatitis B for up to 5 years.
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POLIO

  • Polio vaccine or a combined vaccine of Polio, Diptheria & Tetanus is available
  • Side effects are minimal following either vaccinations.
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RABIES

Vaccine is administered in two distinct situations

  • to protect those who are likely to be exposed to rabies, – animal handlers, travellers and workers in high risk areas
  • to prevent establishment of rabies infection following the bite of an infected ( or suspected ) animal

Should you have been exposed to rabies via an animal bite , you may also be treated with anitbodies to rabies that have been collected from the blood of vaccinated human donors. This will give you the protection against rabies until the vaccination becomes effective.

  • CHECK WITH YOUR TRAVEL NURSE AS SOON AS YOU DECIDE WHERE AND WHEN YOU ARE TRAVELLING  WHO WILL ADVISE YOU WHETHER A VACCINATION IS NECESSARY  AND IF NECESSARY WILL SELECT THE APPROPRIATE VACCINATION FOR YOU.

TYPHOID

Injected vaccine is available against typhoid fever, which will provide protection up to 3 years.  There is also an oral vaccine which provides protection for 1 year.

  • To minimise the risk of infection it is essential that careful selection of food and drink is taken.
  • Antibiotics will not prevent typhoid fever, they only help to treat it.
  • contact your TRAVEL NURSE for vaccination or to check  if you are due to be revaccinated if you have already had the vaccination in the past.

TETANUS

The most effective form of prevention is vaccination. In the UK this is part of the routine child immunistation programme. Tetanus boosters should be obtained every 10 years.

First dose is administered at any time, the second and third at monthly intervals. A booster dose should be given after 10 years, with a further dose 10 years later to maintain levels of protection that are probably life long.

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YELLOW FEVER  

  • required no less than 10 days before entering the country. Yellow fever vaccine must be administered within 3 weeks of other live vaccines.
  • Side effects, you may experience tenderness, redness at the point of insertion, Yellow Fever cannot be contracted directly from the vaccine.
  • Can only be administered at registered Yellow Fever Centres.
  • There is a charge for this vaccine 
  • CONTACT YOUR TRAVEL NURSE 

MALARIA


No vaccine against malaria is available, but travellers can protect themselves by using anti-mosquito measures and by taking drugs to prevent malaria.

  • CONTACT YOUR TRAVEL NURSE 

Travellers to areas where malaria occurs should discuss their travel plans with a physician well before departure. There are drugs available to prevent malaria and are usually prescribed for travellers to malarious areas. Travellers from different countries may receive different recommendations, reflecting differences in approach and availability of medicines in different countries. Travellers visiting only cities or rural areas where there is no risk of malaria may not require preventive drugs; an exact itinerary is necessary to decide the degree of protection required.

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