IGP offers a range of travel vaccines suitable for those travelling and/or working abroad. Our vaccinations are carried out in healthcare registered clinics by experienced Practice Nurses and GP's on request.
Diphtheria is an infection caused by a bacterium called Corynebacterium diphtheriae that causes a moderately sore throat. Sometimes the lining of the throat may swell to form "a false membrane" which can cause difficulties in breathing. Diphtheria is mainly spread by droplets expelled from the nose and mouth usually by breathing in diphtheria bacteria after an infected person has coughed, sneezed or even laughed. It can also be spread by handling used tissues or by drinking from a glass used by an infected person.
Nearly one out of every ten people who get diphtheria will die from it. Most cases occur among unvaccinated or inadequately vaccinated people. However, whether or not the patient dies depends on the severity of the illness, their level of immunity and the speed with which treatment is started.
One of the regions where diphtheria is present is eastern Europe, including Russia and the former states of the Soviet Union. Cases of have occurred in Finland, Estonia, Poland and Belarus, Germany, Belgium and the UK.
Tetanus is a potentially fatal disease which is caused by a bacterial infection, usually contracted through a small wound or scratch, from where the bacteria can enter the body and grow to produce a powerful toxin which circulates in the blood. Tetanus can quite easily be contracted through a small wound or scratch, from where the bacteria can enter the body and grow to produce a powerful toxin which circulates in the blood, causing muscular rigidity and painful muscle contractions. Death is usually caused by respiratory problems and exhaustion.
While vaccination has largely diminished the incidence of tetanus, the disease has not disappeared. Tetanus can be found all over the world and so every traveller should fully protect themselves against tetanus. Any type of injury from a simple laceration to a more serious wound can expose the individual to the spores. If individuals are not fully immunised there is always the risk of tetanus developing in wounds contaminated by soil.
Poliomyelitis, most commonly referred to as polio and is caused by a virus which is primarily spread through faecal contamination of food and water, although it can also be spread by droplet transfer. A Polio infection of the gut can spread to the spinal cord or brain where it can cause paralysis.
Those travelling to areas of the world where polio still occurs. ie. Nigeria, Niger, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan are particularly high risk. The World Health Organisation is making great efforts to encourage widespread use of polio vaccine in an attempt to eradicate polio from all the countries of the world. However, until the disease is certified as eradicated, the risk of acquiring it remains.
A single vaccine is available for travellers to provide protection against diphtheria, tetanus and Polio. Immunisation is highly protective and adults and children should ensure they are fully up to date with their vaccination program. UK children are generally immunised within their first year.
Past immunisation from polio does not always give complete protection as there are three strains of the virus and so travellers should ensure they are up to date with their polio immunisation. To ensure further protection try to avoid crowded places in high risk areas as much as possible.
Boosters are required every 10 years for travellers and those at risk.
Cost: £60 per dose
Warning: Revaxis is the combined Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio Vaccine used by the IGP. It is specifically intended as a booster and should not be given as the primary course and/or to children under the age of 6. The DTP combined vaccine is a provided in a single injection. A booster is required every 10 years.
If you are unsure which vaccines you require for an upcoming trip IGP provide a travel telephone consultation with a trained practice Nurse to advise on the vaccine requirements for your upcoming travel. During this appointment the Nurse will conduct a detailed assessment and create a schedule of your required vaccinations.
On booking your travel consultation you will receive an email confirming your appointment details with a link to a 'Travel Risk Assessment Form' that we ask you to completed prior to your appointment.
Time: 10 minutes
Cost: £30 (Discounted from the total cost of any future vaccines administered)
Please note that vaccine cost is the cost per dose to have the vaccine with a nurse and not a GP. There is an additional fee of £25 for the vaccine to be administered by a GP. The number of doses required indicates the number of doses for a standard course. An accelerated course can impact the number of doses required. It is strongly advised that you leave plenty of time to complete the course before your trip. Some vaccination courses, with more than one vaccine required, may take up to a month or longer and many vaccinations will not become fully effective until weeks after the course completion. The brand of vaccine we supply may also vary depending on the current supply status of a particular vaccine.
If you cancel your appointment 24 hours before it starts, then you will receive a full refund. However, If you cancel your appointment within the 24-hour period before the appointment is due, then you will be liable to pay the cost of the consultation. If you do need to reschedule please contact us as soon as possible.
We want to ensure that all of our patients receive the information they need to make an informed decision about their healthcare. If you have any questions or if you require assistance with anything, please let us know.