New to 2018 – Aposave Travel Clinic
We are starting the year with some exciting news. Aposave Pharmacy will soon be offering private travel vaccinations and advice service at the Leadenhall building.
Although some GPs fund certain vaccines such as DTP and typhoid, most of the vaccines for preventable diseases are required privately. Our expert pharmacists will be providing advice, support and administration of these vaccines on site. We will also be providing malaria prophylaxis and traveller’s diarrhoea treatment.
Travelling has been scientifically proven to be good for your health and the last thing you need is an illness that ruins your holiday. Depending on your destination, you will require certain vaccines that can prevent you from diseases; thus, keeping you healthy whilst abroad.
It is extremely important to get travel health advice to check what vaccines you may require. Certain diseases are more prevalent during certain times of the year, whereas some countries may require a proof of vaccination before you can enter the border.
As a pharmacist, I regularly encounter common myths that float around about travel health. Below are some of the most common ones.
Travel health myths
- Vaccines always make you feel ill
All medicines are known to have side effects and vaccines are no exception. Live vaccines tend to give side effects, however, inactive vaccines are usually very tolerable. Most people experience a mild sore arm for a day or two with no major systemic side effect.
- I can protect against malaria with vitamin B supplements
Unfortunately, there is no robust evidence to suggest that vitamin B supplements provide malaria prophylaxis. The safest and most effective way to protect yourself against malaria is to take anti-malaria tablets.
- I only need to take my anti-malaria tablets whilst I am aboard
Malaria prophylaxis treatment often need to be taken prior to the arrival to the malaria zone and upon departure from the malaria zone. It is vital that you take your full course of treatment as prescribed to ensure you are fully covered. Malaria parasites can live in your blood for a long time, and therefore, it is important to continue taking your tablets after you leave the malaria zone.
- I don’t need vaccines if I am going to a good hotel
There are a lot of people involved in the making of foods in hotels. It is almost impossible to check that each member of staff adhere to good hygiene levels such as washing their hands properly. It is also important to note that hotels usually serve food in buffet styles, meaning food can be left out for long periods of time.
- I can’t have vaccines if I am pregnant
There are certain treatments that pregnant women can and cannot have, and this does not rule out all of the vaccines. It is best to get advice for a more tailored approach.
- I can’t have vaccines as I have low immunity
Some people taking certain medicines, have certain illnesses or have undergone certain surgeries will be left with a lower immunity. This does not necessarily mean that they cannot have vaccines or treatments. It is best to get individual travel health advice for a more tailored approach.
Travel health is not just limited to vaccines, tablets and health insurance. For a more holistic and tailored approach, we are here as Aposave to guide and help you through every step of the way. Our pharmacists are available by email and telephone as well as last minute walk-in appointments to ensure that you are kept safe during your travels.
Remember; Be smart, stay healthy.