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Today is World Rabies Day – 28 September 2012

World Rabies Day is an initiative of the Global Alliance  for Rabies Control  set up with the aim to raise awareness about the impact of human  and animal rabies.

55,000 people worldwide die from rabies every year, most cases are in Africa and Asia. Rabies is spread through the bite, scratch or lick on broken skin, from an infected wild or domestic animal. The most  important source of rabies throughout the world is uncontrolled rabies in dogs, with children at particular risk of exposure.

The inaugural World Rabies Day was held in 2007, and  continues annually with events being held in 150 countries. A total of 182  million people have been educated and 7.7 million dogs have been vaccinated  against rabies as a result.

Advice for Travellers

  • If you are travelling to a rabies risk area you should avoid contact with any wild or domestic animals, including bats.
  •  Pre – exposure Rabies vaccination should be given to adults and children at increased risk of  rabies including those who are travelling to remote areas where medical care  and post-exposure prophylaxis with rabies vaccine and rabies immunogloblin may not be available.
  • You should seek urgent medical advice if you receive a potential rabies exposure when travelling in a rabies risk country.

To find out more and watch videos about Rabies, symptoms and prevention visit the World Rabies Day site.

To book a rabies vaccine please call 01273 749100.

 

 

 

TYPHOID VACCINE

Our supplier Sanofi Pasteur has informed us that currently they are out of stock of injectable typhoid vaccine and will be until January 2013. Sussex Travel Clinic is offering the Oral Typhoid Vaccine Vivotif as an alternative during this time.

Vivotif is taken on day 0, day 2, and day 5. Cost – £30 per course.

Vivotif is a live vaccine but can be given with other live vaccines and does not need to be separated by 4 weeks like other live vaccines do.

RABIES VACCINE

Both UK suppliers of rabies vaccine Novartis and Sanofi Pasteur are  currently out of stock of rabies vaccine and normal supplies will not start until November 2012.

Sussex Travel Clinic have made the decision to administer rabies vaccine intraderamally(ID) to ensure our rabies supply lasts through the shortage period.

ID Rabies is given on day 0, 7 and 21 or 28.

Please note: Rabies vaccine administered by ID technique should only be administered by those trained in ID technique. All nurses at Sussex Travel Clinic are trained to give ID injections.

FLU VACCINATIONS

Sussex Travel Clinic now has flu vaccines in stock for those not eligible for an NHS flu vaccine. Cost £18

We also offer an onsite flu vaccine service for businesses with 10 or more employees.

To Book please call 01273 749100 or use our ONLINE booking via our website.

Sussex Travel Clinic stocks a wide range of mosquito nets and insect repellents. If you are travelling to an area where malaria is present you should sleep under an impregnated mosquito net. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that your net should be impregnated with long lasting impregnation. These nets protect you from mosquito bites by killing the mosquito on contact and the impregnation lasts for 2 years or over, making them ideal for long trips.

We stock a wide range of nets to suit all needs. If you are planning a camping trip then the pop up dome mosquito net would be ideal. The net simply pops up and down and is lightweight and easily transported if you are travelling around. Our best selling mosquito net for backpackers is the Lifesystems Ultra Net- this compact net is lightweight and includes a hanging kit.

Our range of insect repellents include everything from DEET 50+ and DEET 100+, to natural repellents such as Alfresco. If you are travelling to an area where malaria is present it is recommended that you use an insect repellent with DEET in it. The higher the concentrate of DEET, the longer the repellent will last on your skin.

Tips to avoid insect bites

  • Sleep under an impregnated mosquito net
  • Wear insect repellent on any exposed skin
  • Wear loose fitting and long clothing
  • If you have air conditioning – switch it on- mosquitoes do not like the cold air
  • Use a clothing treatment spray for extra protection
  • Use a plug- in mosquito repellent in your room

To purchase a mosquito net or insect repellent simply pop into clinic during our opening hours or buy ONLINE

 

 

The annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca is fast approaching  and is due to fall between 24th and 29th October 2012. Hajj is the  largest gathering of its kind in the world with over two million Muslims  from around the world attending each year. A shorter pilgrimage Umrah can be performed at any time.

Vaccine Requirements for Hajj and Umrah

All pilgrims should ensure that they are up-to-date with  routine immunisations including measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)

Meningitis ACWY – proof of vaccination is against meningococcal meningitis ACW135Y is required for all pilgrims aged 2 years and over. As outbreaks of meningococcal meningitis have occurred during previous Hajj  pilgrimages  vaccination is also advised for those under the age of two years. The vaccine should be given at least 10 days before travel and be given not less than 3 years before the date of travel.  A certificate of vaccination is a requirement for visa purposes.

In association with the Muslim Council of Great Britain our clinic is able to offer anyone attending Hajj or Umrah the meningitis vaccine at the reduced rate of £35.

Polio – all pilgrims are advised to check that their polio vaccination is up-to-date. Polio vaccination lasts 10 years. If you require a booster you will receive a booster, using the trivalent tetanus,  diphtheria and polio vaccine.

Yellow Fever –  a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for all pilgrims to Hajj and Umrah arriving from countries or areas at  risk for transmission of yellow fever. You do not need a yellow fever certificate if you are arriving from the UK.

Influenza ( Seasonal flu) the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia  recommends that all  pilgrims are vaccinated against seasonal influenza. Influenza is easily spread in crowded conditions. If you have a chronic illness, are pregnant or a carer you may be entitled to an NHS flu vaccine. If you are not entitled to a flu jab we can help- cost £18.

Hepatitis A and Typhoid – pilgrims should consider being vaccinated against these food and waterborne diseases.

Hepatitis B – Hepatitis B virus is found in body fluids and can be transmitted through sexual contact or contact with bodily fluids.  Transmission can occur  through the use of contaminated medical, dental, or other instruments.  Men must shave their head as part of one of the rites of Hajj. All  pilgrims should consider a course of hepatitis B vaccine. Pilgrims should avoid shaving with a blade previously used and may want to take their own disposable razor blade to avoid risk of infection from Hepatitis B and other blood borne illnesses such as HIV and Hepatitis C.

Full vaccine recommendations for Saudi Arabia can be found on FitForTravel

General Advice for Pilgrimages

  • Take self treatment for diarrhoea illnesses: these include imodium, oral re-hydration salts and if you have underlying medical conditions consider taking an antibiotic for self treatment of travellers diarrhoea.
  • Take alcohol hand gel – in crowded places there will be lots of bugs that transmit illnesses such as influenza. Use hand gel regularly to keep your hands sanitised.
  • Malaria is not present in Mecca or Medina, however, journeys between these places pass through a malaria risk area. Travel should take place during daylight hours to minimise risk. Use a good insect repellent on your skin at all times to avoid any mosquito – borne infections.
  • Temperature in Saudi Arabi can be very hot even in winter months. Wear a high factor sunscreen on your skin to avoid sunburn.
  • Wear good quality footwear and carry a bag to keep your shoes in when taking off for pray.
  • Take a first aid kit to treat any minor injuries. A basic kit should include plasters, pain killers and oral re-hydration salts.
  • Ensure you have adequate travel insurance . If you have under-lying medical conditions make sure your insurance covers you for these.

To book vaccinations for Hajj please call 01273 749100 or book online

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sussex Travel Clinic is now booking appointments for flu jabs. Our flu vaccines will be delivered at the end of September and clinics will commence on Saturday 29th September.

Flu is a highly infectious illness and is easily spread through sneezing and coughing small droplets into the air. Flu can be very unpleasant and symptoms include: high temperature, sore throat, aches and pains and tiredness. Symptoms can last for 1 week or longer.

Flu can be prevented by having a flu shot. This will become effective 7-14 days after having the jab. The best time to get the flu jab is early autumn before flu cases in UK become high.

Some people will be entitled to a flu vaccine free of charge on the NHS. Those with chronic illness, those aged 65 years and over, pregnant women and carers should contact their GP for a flu vaccine.If you do not fall into any of these risk groups we can help.

Vaccination against flu for travel should be considered under some circumstances :

  • Travellers who plan to travel from one hemisphere to the other shortly before or during the destination country’s influenza season, should consider vaccination.
  • Travellers who are attending the Hajj  pilgrimage.
  • Travellers going on a cruise.
  • Travellers may wish to be vaccinated to reduce the risk of an important short trip being disrupted by an incapacitating preventable illness.

Reduce staff sickness this winter by offering your staff a flu vaccination. If you have a company with 10 or more employees requiring a flu vaccine contact us to arrange an on site visit at your place of work. This service is available from October onwards.

To book your flu vaccine call 01273 749100 or book online

Cost £18 per dose.