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Travel Vaccinations from Glasgow Medical Rooms
Travel vaccinations are an essential part of holiday and travel planning, particularly if your journey takes you to an exotic destination. It is important to ensure that you are vaccinated within the correct period of time before you travel and to check with the relevant embassy what vaccinations are required for your destination/activity. Glasgow Medical Rooms runs a Travel Vaccine Clinic can also advise you and provide your vaccination schedule as required.
We have a downloadable pre-travel vaccination clinic record form here to help you work out your requirements.
What is cholera and how do you catch it?
Cholera is a bacterial infection usually contracted through drinking contaminated water, or less common via food.
Every year there are millions of cases of cholera, mainly in countries without access to clean drinking water and with inadequate sanitation facilities, including:
• Sub-Saharan Africa
• South and Southeast Asia
• The Middle East
• Central America and the Caribbean
What is hepatitis A and how do you catch it?
Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by a virus. It’s usually spread via the stool of someone infected. Parts of the world with poor sanitation, men who have sex with men, and people who inject drugs are most at risk of contracting the infection.
Generally, the areas with the highest cases of hepatitis A are those where sanitation and food hygiene are poor. These include parts of Africa, the Indian subcontinents, the Far East, the Middle East and Central and South America.
Hepatitis B Vaccination
What is hepatitis B and how do you contract it?
Hepatitis B is a virus that spreads through blood and body fluids causing an infection of the liver.
In the UK hepatitis, B is fairly uncommon but those with a higher risk include people from or travelling to high-risk countries, people who inject illicit drugs and people who have unprotected sex with multiple sexual partners.
The virus is present in the blood and body fluid of someone with the infection. Here are the ways it can spread:
• From mother to child during pregnancy – particularly in countries where the infection is common
• Child to child in countries where the infection is common
• Having unprotected sex with someone who is infected
• Sharing drug equipment such as needles, spoons and filters
• Tattoos, body piercings, medical or dental treatment where equipment isn’t sterilised
• Sharing toothbrushes or razors with someone who’s infected
Japanese Encephalitis Vaccination
What is Japanese encephalitis and how do you catch it?
Spread through mosquito bites, Japanese encephalitis is a rare but serious viral brain infection. The virus starts with a mosquito biting an infected pig or bird, then going on to bite a human, transmitting the disease. The infection can’t be passed from person to person.
The virus is most common in South East Asia, the Pacific Islands and the Far East. The risk for most travellers is low, especially for short stay travellers. Those at higher risk are travellers to rural areas and those staying near to rice fields or pig farms for one month or longer.
Meningitis ACWY Vaccination
What is meningococcal ACWY & how do you catch it?
Meningococcal disease is caused by bacteria and can result in meningitis, an infection of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord (meninges). It’s most common in babies, young children, teenagers and young adults, but can affect anyone and can be serious if not diagnosed and treated quickly. It can also cause septicaemia (severe blood poisoning which can be fatal) and permanent brain or nerve damage. The bacteria are spread from person to person by close contact over a prolonged period of time. This can include kissing, coughing, sneezing, or sharing utensils with a person carrying the bacteria.
Meningitis B Vaccination
What is meningococcal B & how do you catch it?
The bacteria of meningococcal disease is divided into five main groups (A, B, C, W and Y), with meningococcal B bacteria being the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in the UK. Because of this, routine meningococcal B vaccines are offered to babies aged two months old, with a second dose offered at four months and a booster dose at 12 months.
Vaccines for meningococcal ACWY are available to prevent groups of meningococcal disease that occur outside the UK.
Tick-borne Encephalitis Vaccination
What is tick-borne encephalitis & how do you catch it?
Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is a viral infection that’s spread by a type of tick, which looks a bit like a small spider. The infection is transmitted when an infected tick bites a human or animal. Infected ticks are mainly found in rural areas such as forests, woods, grasslands, riverside meadows, marshes, brushwood and scrublands in some European and Asian countries including Austria, Estonia, Croatia, Russia, China and Japan. Note: this isn’t an exhaustive list. TBE isn’t found in the UK.
In rare cases, TBE can also be contracted through eating or drinking unpasteurised dairy products from an infected animal.
What is rabies and how do you catch it?
Rabies is a viral disease transmitted to humans usually by a bite or scratch from an infected animal, or through bodily fluids such as saliva coming into contact with the eyes, nose, mouth or broken skin. It’s most often associated with dogs, but is also common in cats, cattle, monkeys, foxes and bats. While it can occur on all continents (apart from Antarctica), it is most commonly found in Africa, Asia, Central America and South America.
Yellow fever Vaccination
What is yellow fever & how do you catch it?
Yellow fever is a serious infection spread through the bite of a mosquito. The mosquitoes that have the virus are usually found in towns and rural areas, and tend to bite during the day. Areas where there’s a risk of yellow fever are:
• Most of Sub-Saharan Africa
• Most of South America
• Parts of Central America
• Parts of the Caribbean
Some countries require proof of the vaccination to enter the country.
What is typhoid and how do you catch it?
Typhoid fever is most common in parts of the world with poor sanitation and limited access to clean water. It’s a highly contagious bacterial infection that can affect the whole body, including many organs, and can be potentially fatal.
Salmonella typhi, the bacterium causing the infection, is related to the bacteria that cause salmonella food poisoning. It can be contracted through consuming food or drink that’s contaminated with a small amount of infected faeces or urine. Without quick treatment the infection can have serious complications that can be fatal, so it’s important to help protect yourself.
Typhoid is uncommon in the UK, most cases are from an infection being picked up whilst visiting countries such as Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Worldwide, children are at the most risk due to an under developed immune system. However, their symptoms are usually milder than in adults.
We took our 2 year old son in to see Dr O’Neill for a meningitis B vaccination recently. Due to shortages of the vaccine, we had been on a waiting list with a well-known high street pharmacist for months without knowing when they would get stock in. We came across Glasgow Medical Rooms who had the vaccination and we managed to get our son booked in the next day. The clinic was very smart and easy to access in the city centre too. Dr O’Neill was great at dealing with our toddler. It was a relief to get the jabs sorted so quickly and would highly recommend the service to others.”Mrs CrawfordInverclyde
A few weeks ago, I was suddenly taken ill with a chest complaint while in an hotel in Glasgow. A doctor was summoned and very quickly arrived. The delightful Dr Sheila O’Neill treated me very well and thoroughly professionally. I couldn’t have wished for better treatmentBilly ConnollyComedian, Actor and Entertainer
“I have had persistent neck and shoulder discomfort for some time. Regular visits to my local GP did not help. I was recommended to see Dr Sheila O’Neil who gave me a check-up and recommended that I see her physiotherapist colleague, Vicky Graham. I have had three sessions of physiotherapy and have regained full mobility in my neck and shoulders and feel a great deal better. I am very grateful to Dr Sheila and expect, with my husband, to sign up with her as regular patients.”Mrs Johnston
“Dr. Sheila O’Neill and her team quite literally saved my life. I cannot recommend them highly enough. Diagnosis of a serious condition that had been misdiagnosed by three hospitals took less than 2 weeks, including an MRI. Setting aside the professionalism, they are also just extremely nice people. Imagine a GP that truly cares and will be calling the patient after hours to see how they are getting on – that is what I got from Dr. Sheila O’Neill. There are no superlatives that adequately describe the service. Great. Fantastic. Superb.”GMK Group
I would like to thank Dr O’Neill very much for her time today: I get the impression that she is a very caring professional, knowledgeable and reassuring, and that she makes explaining conditions crystal clear, which is exactly what is needed for an anxious patient like myself. The staff that I met were all extremely welcoming, well-groomed and helpful too. Add to this the very relaxing and beautifully scented ambience and it was really a truly positive and pleasant visit. Thank you.Linnea Blair