Diphtheria/Polio/Tetanus

Diphtheria:

What is it?

Diphtheria is a contagious bacterial infection that mainly affects the nose and throat. Less commonly, it can also affect the skin.

 

How is it spread?

Diphtheria is highly contagious. The bacteria is spread person to person through respiratory droplets. Risk is higher if mixing with locals in poor, overcrowded living conditions.

 

Advice for Travellers?

Get vaccinated every 10 years if travelling to a country affected by Diphtheria/Polio/Tetanus.

 

Polio:

What is it?

Polio is an acute viral illness that occurs in the gastrointestinal tract. It is a poorly understood condition that can cause a variety of symptoms, including pain, muscle weakness and fatigue.

 

How is it spread?

Polio spread person to person through the faecal-oral route and by consuming contaminated food and water.

 

Advice for Travellers?

Get vaccinated every 10 years if travelling to a country affected by Diphtheria/Polio/Tetanus.

 

Tetanus:

What it is?

Tetanus is a serious but rare infection caused by bacteria. It usually occurs when a flesh wound becomes contaminated. 

 

How is it spread?

Tetanus is spread through contamination of cuts, burns and wounds with tetanus spores. Spores are found in soil worldwide.

 

Advice for Travellers?

Get vaccinated every 10 years if travelling to a country affected by Diphtheria/Polio/Tetanus.

 

For more information on advice on vaccinations and how to minimise your exposure to diphtheria/polio/tetanus please call us or visit us in store.

 

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