Cholera is an infection that can cause severe diarrhoea. It's not found in the UK, but there's a risk of getting it while travelling in some parts of the world such as parts of Africa and Asia.
Come have a consultation at Tower Bridge Wellness Pharmacy to check if you could be at risk of cholera.
You can catch cholera from:
- drinking unclean water
- eating food (particularly shellfish) that's been in unclean water
- eating food that's been handled by an infected person
This is an oral vaccine, for adults, 2 doses (given 1 to 6 weeks apart) can provide protection for up to 2 years. You need to have had both doses at least a week before travelling.
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Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio are contained in a single combined vaccine. The vaccine is inactivated and contains dead bacteria or virus only and is highly effective at preventing the infections.
DTP vaccine only needs to be given as a single dose prior to travel to risk areas.
When to get vaccinated: You should get your polio, diphtheria and tetanus booster two weeks before travel.
Boosters: The vaccine protects you for 10 years. You will need a booster to remain protected after 10 years.
Hepatitis A is a viral infection, which affects the human liver. The hepatitis A virus is usually ingested via contaminated food or water and is endemic to countries with an insufficient sanitation system.
Typhoid fever is caused by a bacterium called Salmonella typhi. It is a highly contagious and potentially lethal disease, which spreads via contaminated foods and water.
Common signs and symptoms of Hepatitis A include: fever, muscular aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, weight loss, abdominal pain and yellow discolouration of the skin and eyes.
Common symptoms of typhoid fever include a high temperature, headaches, nausea, muscle pain, digestion problems such as constipation or diarrhoea, tiredness and confusion.
The vaccination consists of one dose to be given at least two weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A is a viral infection spread through contaminated food and water, which causes inflammation of the liver.
Hepatitis A occurs worldwide but is most commonly found in parts of Africa, Asia (see Central, South East and East), Central and South America, and it is most prevalent in areas with poor sanitation.
For most travellers, exposure to Hepatitis A comes from eating contaminated food or water. Contamination can also be passed from person to person via poor hygiene.
Travellers to areas at risk may be recommended the following vaccination course:
- A single course injection of Havrix Monodose to cover against Hepatitis A
Ideally, travellers need to be vaccinated at least two weeks before travel.
The initial injection will offer short-term protection for a single trip, while a booster will provide long-term cover and should preferably be taken within 6-12 months of the first vaccine.
In addition to the hepatitis A vaccination, there are combined vaccination courses for hepatitis A and typhoid as well as hepatitis A and hepatitis B. If you are unsure as to which vaccine is best for you, at Tower Bridge Wellness pharmacy we will be able to recommend the most suitable treatment for you.
Unlike hepatitis A, the hepatitis B virus is not usually transmitted via contaminated water but rather via bodily fluids, such as blood or semen. It is often passed during sex or when using contaminated needles and medical equipment. It can lead to severe liver problems and is often fatal.
Hepatitis B occurs worldwide. Areas where there is a higher risk of exposure to hepatitis B include Eastern Europe, Russia, India, China, South and Central America, Africa, South East Asia and many islands in the South Pacific.
The vaccine is a course of three injections, which are given rapidly over a one month course or over a standard six month course.
Japanese encephalitis (JE) is a viral infection transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. The Japanese encephalitis virus affects the human brain and can lead to inflammation and swelling in the brain. In very severe cases, the infection can lead to brain damage.
Often most infections with Japanese encephalitis virus do not result in symptoms. However, in some cases, the virus causes severe symptoms and leads to serious complications. Typical encephalitis symptoms include nausea and vomiting, seizures, headaches and confusion.
Japanese Encephalitis occurs in most countries in Asia, the Indian subcontinent and remote parts of northeast Australia.
At Tower Bridge Wellness Pharmacy our pharmacist will be able to help you decide whether you require a Japanese encephalitis vaccination and also advice on additional precautions such as mosquito bite avoidance.
We provide a Japanese encephalitis vaccination which consists of two injections. The second dose needs to be administered 28 days after the first, so you need to allow plenty of time before you travel.
Primary immunisation should be completed at least one week prior to potential exposure to Japanese encephalitis virus.
Once you have received both doses, you are protected against Japanese encephalitis for 12-24 months. After one year, you require a booster.
You need to get the first dose ideally five weeks before you travel in order to be able to complete the course in time. However, in special cases you can get a faster course where the first dose should be at least 2 weeks before you travel.
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Most of us have heard of malaria, yet we don’t take the risk seriously.
Malaria is a potentially fatal, tropical disease, spread by mosquitoes infected with malaria parasites.
Malaria can make you very sick, it causes high fevers, chills, and flu-like symptoms which require immediate medical attention. If left untreated, malaria can quickly become fatal.
Maloff Protect works by killing malaria parasites in your body. If taken before you are bitten, it can prevent you from becoming infected. Maloff Protect has to be taken as a complete course to be effective. Maloff Protect should be taken 1 or 2 days before you leave, at the same time once a day while you are away, and for 7 days after you leave the malaria area.
Preventing malaria is just one of the things to think about before you travel. There might also be some recommended vaccinations.
Prices may vary depending on how many tablets you need, make an appointment to have a full travel check-up.
There are several types of meningitis which can affect travellers, including meningitis A, C, W, and Y. They are all types of meningococcal meningitis and are caused by bacteria.
The MenACWY vaccine is given by a single injection into the upper arm and protects against four different strains of the meningococcal bacteria that cause meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia): A, C, W and Y.
Some countries, for example Saudi Arabia, demand that you provide a meningitis ACWY certificate prior to entering the country. The vaccine is compulsory for the Hajj pilgrimage. The certificate becomes valid 10 days after vaccination.
If you are getting vaccinated prior to going to a risk area you should aim to get the jab at least two weeks before you travel.
Personalised travel essentials kit made for you by Tower Bridge Wellness Pharmacy to suit the needs of the whole family.
Note: The travel kit can be customised according to your needs.
- Panadol Advance 500mg - 16 tablets
- Benadryl Allergy One a Day 10mg - 7 tablets
- OptiBac Probiotics For Travelling Abroad - 20 capsules
- Imodium Instants - 6 orodispersible tablets
- O.R.S Hydration Tablets Lemon Flavour - 12 soluble tablets
- Joy-Rides Travel Sickness tablets - 12 chewable tablets
- Gaviscon strawberry flavour - 16 chewable tablets
- Dettol Anti-bacterial hand gel 50ml
- Jungle Formula insect repellant spray Strong 60ml
- ORGANII Organic Facial Sun Cream SPF 15 50ml
- ORGANII Organic cotton plasters - 20 medium size
Rabies is a virus spread via the saliva of an infected mammal, most commonly a dog. A bite, scratch or lick can be enough to transmit the virus if it is allowed to enter the human blood stream. Rabies is 99% fatal in unvaccinated individuals who do not seek treatment in time.
Vaccination is essential for travel to high risk areas and must be considered as a priority. You should aim to get your first dose ideally five weeks before travelling to ensure you will be able to complete the course in time. The course consists of three vaccines. The second dose is given seven days after the first dose. The third dose should be given three weeks after the second dose.
Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is a viral infection that can affect the central nervous system/brain and is transmitted to humans by a bite from an infected tick. It can cause a flu-like illness, fever, headache, nausea, muscle pain and general discomfort.
Tick-borne Encephalitis is usually found in Central and Eastern Europe, in countries such as Poland, Romania, Lithuania, some parts of Scandinavia, and throughout Russia.
The risk of acquiring Tick-borne Encephalitis can be reduced by vaccination. Travellers may be recommended a course of 3 doses: 2 doses 1 – 3 months apart, 3rd dose 5 -12 months later as a booster.
For accelerated protection, the second dose can be given 14 days after first.
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Risk assessment is fundamental to the pre-travel health consultation and is underpinned by comprehensive information gathering about the traveller and their planned travel. This consultation will enable us to decide on meaningful, appropriate advice and interventions which will be tailored to the needs of the traveller.
The consultation for this service is free if vaccinations and/or anti-malarial medications to the value of £35 or more are purchased; otherwise an advice fee of up to £30 applies.
We hold a full range of vaccines in stock, ensuring you leave protected for your trip and free to have a good time.
Be fully prepared for anything your trip throws at you with one of our specialist medical kits that we can arrange for you.
Typhoid (typhoid fever) is a serious disease. It is caused by bacteria called Salmonella Typhi.
Typhoid is contracted through contaminated food or water, a bacterial infection that causes acute inflammation of the liver leading to severe illness for 2 – 3 weeks.
There are two vaccines to prevent typhoid. One is an inactivated (killed) vaccine given as an injection. The other is a live, attenuated (weakened) vaccine which is taken orally (by mouth).
The Typhoid injection should be taken as 1 dose 2 weeks before travel, but can be taken immediately before travel.
The oral immunisation requires 3 doses to be taken on alternate days
Typhoid is more common in countries with poor sanitation, book an appointment with us for more advice.
Weleda Insect Bites Spray is a fast-acting spray to calm irritation, swelling, redness and pain. Weleda's handy spray contains arnica and urtica to bring relief from itching or stinging.
This pump action bottle is designed to ensure a fine spray is emitted without harming the environment. No CFC's or other ozone depleted propellants are used.
Yellow fever is a serious infection spread by mosquitoes. It's found in parts of Africa, South America, Central America and the Caribbean.
Tower Bridge Wellness Pharmacy is a designated Yellow Fever center, we are able to provide Yellow Fever vaccination and Yellow Fever certificates for immigration purposes. Yellow fever certificates currently last for 10 years and it becomes valid 10 days after you have the vaccine.
Yellow Fever is an acute infection spread by infected mosquitoes. It affects the liver and kidneys. The symptoms range from basic aches, fever and headache to extreme light sensitivity and vomiting but can progress to jaundice, sometimes even hemorrhage and organ failure.
The Yellow Fever Vaccine is suitable for all travelers over the age of nine months old. There are a few exceptions, such as those who are pregnant or breast feeding.
The vaccination for yellow fever consists of one injection, which should be done at least 10 days before you travel.
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