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Travel Vaccines In Birmingham-Travel Clinic and Advice

Travelling abroad always brings some risks to your health, but by ensuring you have the correct travel vaccinations in birmingham as well as taking certain precautions, you can minimize your exposure to most of the major health hazards.

For advice on any travel vaccinations the doctor will be well informed with up-to-date charts for vaccinations in each country and the different regions of each country, which may change frm time to time.

Having travel vaccines in birmingham also helps you to get travel certificate, if you don't have HIV. Proper Vaccination will also safeguard you from health issues while you are away.The majority of vaccinations will take 2 - 6 weeks to provide adequate protection and some countries also require a certificate to show you are covered for yellow fever and meningitis. Protection against Hepatitis B and Hepatitis A requires a course of injections over a period.

If you travel extensively in or make multiple visits to third-world countries you should ensure you are protected. If you are travelling to a country where the safety of medical care cannot be assured it is advisable to take an emergency medical kit. You should also take out medical insurance before travelling and take an EHC card if travelling to EU countries. At the Capio clinic Dr Sood will advise on all appropriate vaccination needed to each country being visited, he will also explain the administration process, and any side effects that may occur, and follow-up care.

Travel Clinic for HIV Positive Travellers

Compared with HIV-negative individuals, HIV-positive persons may have an increased risk of infection or experience more severe disease following exposure to vaccine-preventable diseases.

The doctor will highlight special restrictions for HIV positive travellers. This involves the use of inactivated vaccinations rather than vaccines that include a live virus

The doctor will also assess if you are well enough to travel, also important to find out in advance if the country you are travelling to puts any restrictions on entry for people with HIV, there are no restrictions within the EU countries. Take enough medication as it may be difficult or impossible to get supplies of your medication once you have left home. It is advisable to take additional doses in case you get delayed

Carrying medication

Its safest to carry your medication in your hand luggage, as this is less likely to get lost, if travelling across boarders, its recommended to take a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor saying you are taking the medication for a chronic condition.

Evidence-graded recommendations on the appropriate use of active and passive immunization in HIV-infected adults. There are several factors that make the of HIV-specific immunization

Guidelines are important at a time when highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) is modifying the natural history of HIV infection, vaccination practices are changing and new vaccines are becoming available . Compared with healthy individuals, HIV-infected adults may have an increased risk of infection or experience more severe disease following exposure to vaccine-preventable diseases. As a result, a lower threshold for recommending immunization may be indicated relative to the general population. Responses to vaccination are often below standard in HIV-infected persons, who may benefit from higher or more frequent vaccine doses. Furthermore, reduced rates and durability of responses may require more frequent use of serological testing than is generally recommended, in order to determine antibody levels after vaccination and guide boosting.

As a result of improved health and prognosis, HIV infected persons are increasingly likely to engage in exposure-prone activities related to occupation or travel, and may require vaccines that are traditionally contraindicated in immunocompromised persons but may be safe to use in HIV-infected persons with restored immunity.

Safety of vaccination remains an important consideration. Inactivated vaccines can be used safely in HIV-infected persons if indicated.

For some people travelling overseas, immunisation against some diseases may not be advised. For example, if you have a condition that affects your body's immune system, you are receiving treatment that affects your immune system, you have HIV, you are undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy, or you have received a recent bone marrow or organ transplant, you may be unable to have some travel vaccinations. You GP will be able to provide further advice.

As well as any new vaccinations, you should make sure your existing vaccinations, such as tetanus and poliomyelitis (commonly known as 'polio') are up to date, and have booster jabs if necessary. In the UK, tetanus and poliomyelitis are vaccinated against under the childhood immunisation programme.

Dr Prabhat Sood

Consultant Physician
Genitourinary and HIV Medicine

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0845 505 0552

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Sunshine Clinic

West Midlands Hospital
Colman Hill
Halesowen
West Midlands
B63 2AH