What we vaccinate against
At Cumbria Travel Clinic our trained pharmacist can offer advice and administer travel vaccinations and supply anti-malarial tablets without the need to visit your surgery. We can also administer some childhood vaccines as well as some required for your occupation.
The number of and type of travel injections needed will depend on your vaccination and medical history and also your destinations of travel. If you can provide an accurate vaccination history it is always recommended that you do so. It is important to bear in mind that some vaccinations might be recommended specifically in relation to the types of activity you will be undertaking. Therefore it is helpful to know what you intend to do on your travels. Our pharmacist will then carry out a detailed consultation of your travel itinerary and advise you accordingly.
We advise you to have all vaccinations 6 – 8 weeks before travelling if possible. Vaccines can be given on shorter notice than this, but the early you notify us of your travel the better as it assists us in overcoming any supply issues that can occur from time to time. If travelling in an emergency then it is still better to have started a vaccination course than not having one at all and some vaccines can be administered on a faster schedule if required.
The total cost depends on which vaccines you are going to need and how many doses are recommended. The pharmacist will discuss this with you.
We are not yet a designated Yellow Fever Centre but are happy to advise on whether this is needed for your trip.
We have been asked if we can provide a travel risk assessment form that is usually supplied by the surgery. If you wish to download, print and fill out one of these forms it may speed up your consultation a little.
If you require any further information on your vaccination needs then please Contact Us for more details.
Our travel vaccines
Cholera is a disease, characterised by profuse, watery diarrhoea, caused by certain toxin-producing forms of the bacteria called Vibrio cholera. Cholera is transmitted by ingesting (eating and drinking) contaminated water or food. It is common in many low-income countries and is largely linked to poverty, bad sanitation and poor access to clean drinking water.
Diphtheria Tetanus and Polio Tetanus is a disease that affects your central nervous system. It is caused by the toxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium tetani found in soil, house dust and manure. The disease gets into the body through open cuts and wounds that have been contaminated with infected soil.
Hepatitis A is a viral infection triggered in the liver causing acute inflammation due to poor sanitation and hygiene measures and is more commonly found in areas of Africa and India. This virus is also known as the Hepatovirus and is a member of the Picornaviridae family. Transfer of the virus usually begins by ingestion of contaminated food and drink or through person to person contact with faecal matter passing from hand to eventually mouth. Generally the severity of the disease increases with age.
Hepatitis B is a severe infection of the liver, caused by a blood-borne virus. It is usually spread through contaminated blood via sexual intercourse, needle sharing, blood transfusions and injections. The virus can also be passed from a mother to baby. Tattooing, body piercing and acupuncture are other ways in which the virus may be spread.
Japanese Encephalitis is a viral related mosquito-borne disease spread by the flavivirus. The culex mosquito bites the host and infects them with the virus. They are mainly found in rural areas where rice and pig farming is popular. This leads to a serious swelling of the brain, known as Encephalitis, eventually resulting to death.
Meningitis ACWY (Meningococcal meningitis) is caused by Gram-negative bacteria known as Neisseria meningitidis. The disease is a systemic infection classified into 13 sub-groups, of which B, C, W135 and Y are most common in the UK. The transmission of disease is passed on by inhaling air droplets through sneezing, coming into contact with respiratory secretions and coughing.
Rabies is a serious disease caused by a virus which inflames the brain and spinal cord. The infection is spread by a bite or scratch (or lick to broken skin or the eye) from an infected animal, usually a dog but can be a cat, bat or monkey. Infection is usually passed from body fluids of infected animals such as saliva and blood into open wounds. Incubation of the virus is usually between 3 to 12 weeks but may take as long as 19 years to develop. Most patients will develop symptoms within 1 year of being exposed to the virus.
Tick-Borne Encephalitis is a viral disease spread by infected tick bites. The ticks live in undergrowth and long grass and attach themselves to humans as you brush past them. The infection is passed into the blood stream from their infected saliva when they bite you.
Typhoid is a bacterial infection caused by a bacteria called Salmonella enterica. It is usually acquired by eating or drinking food or water contaminated by faeces and occasionally the urine of persons acutely ill with typhoid or those who carry the bacteria but may not show symptoms themselves. The disease is commonly found in parts of the world with poor sanitation and hygiene.