Friday, September 25, 2015

Immunisations Abroad (Part 2)

Welcome once again readers to the Part 2 of the previous post regarding travel immunisations! Let's jump straight in and kick off with some more useful advice (shortest introduction in the blog's history).

Tuberculosis

In order to be protected against tuberculosis, you should need 1 injection which should last for 15 years. You would need a tuberculosis injection if you are travelling to an area with high incidence or come into contact with an infected person or un-immunised people with a high risk factor (i.e. a health care worker or a person who has been in contact with a patient of tuberculosis) High risk areas are usually deprived places with low sanitation.

Typhoid

If you are travelling to an area with poor sanitation or come into contact with someone who may have Typhoid then it is advised that you take precautions against Typhoid, you can choose 1 injection or an oral course of 3 tablets (each oral dose on an alternate day). The Typhoid injection becomes effective after 2 weeks and the oral dose is effective 7 to 10 days after the last dose, the period of protection against Typhoid is 3 years to ongoing exposure and 1 year to occasional exposure.

Cholera

Cholera immunisation is one that does NOT provide full protection. Cholera immunisation should be 2 oral doses (no injection required) one to six weeks apart, protection will be effective a week after the second dose, the period of the protection is up to 2 years but like I mentioned it does not provide full protection against Cholera. If you are immunised fully against Cholera in an area where Cholera is an epidemic or endemic also pay thorough attention to water, food and personal hygiene.

Malaria 

Malaria is very similar to yellow fever as it is a parasitic disease also transmitted by mosquitoes, injections for malaria can be given and so can oral drugs; however there can be different drugs available for the part of the world you are in as some Malaria strains are resistant to a specific drug, since this particular kind of disease is subject to a lot of change in the form of mutations and resistance, in this case prevention is the answer and not cure; take plenty of shelter, use repellent wherever possible and ask your doctor for any temporary solution to the prevention, treatment or radical cure of Malaria, please don't leave it too late!


Tetanus

Commonly known as 'Lockjaw', Tetanus is a bacteria that lasts a long time outside the human body, if you have an open wound or if there is any possible way the bacterium can enter your body, then you should seek medical advice immediately. Tetanus should have been given to you in your younger years (well, that's what the NHS in the UK recommend) but it is not compulsory. The Tetanus vaccine is cheap, safe and affordable but since Tetanus is also found globally, it is encouraged you're immune.


That's the 2 parted post over! 

I didn't expect myself to be doing 2 parts to this post but lately I have been concentrating on my steady job outside of blogging that I'm building up cash for in order to buy a laptop (this desktop is rubbish) and to help pay for my driving lessons so I can hopefully do my own holidays, commute, joyriding, etc... So if it seems to you that I'm somewhat slacking lately then I apologise for that; but the next post will be about this blog! No, really. Sandboarding Nation becomes a year old on the 12th October (19th October was the real first post) where I announced that the blog came to life! To celebrate, I have a surprise in store where someone will be able to win a prize. Join me on the 12th October for the anniversary post on Sandboarding Nation, it'll be short and a basic message of thanks to everyone in the past 12 months! See you on the twelfth.

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