Tetanus, Diphtheria & Polio Vaccination

Vaccination against these three diseases is normally given as part of the childhood immunisation and teenage booster programmes. However, if travelling to parts of the world where they are prevalent and your last vaccination was more than 10 years ago, then further protection is recommended.

 

Book a Tetanus, Diphtheria & Polio Vaccination

By booking an appointment with a REMEDI HEALTH clinician we can ensure that we can advise appropriately and prescribe safely for optimum protection.

Keeping healthy when travelling goes beyond having the recommended vaccines before your trip. It’s about your broader health protection needs and may involve antimalarials and other acute treatments should you become unwell. We can also advise and provide these.

To book this service, please click the button below and choose a date and time that suits you.

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Safe, private clinic

Our beautiful award-winning clinic is in the centre of Winchester and we look forward to welcoming you. Keeping you and others safe is our priority and so if you are unwell, please let us know in advance and we will make appropriate arrangements.

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Trained clinicians

Your appointment will be with a highly trained clinician in one of our private consultation rooms at our clinic in Winchester. We will advise you to ensure that you only receive treatment that is appropriate so you are protected and safe.

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Private Pharmacy

We operate within a registered private pharmacy which means that we can discuss and provide any required treatments, tests or referrals as appropriate. You can also be assured that we work within a strict governance framework.

About this appointment

During your appointment our trained clinician will discuss health history, travel plans and any factors which may affect the use of a vaccine. This will ensure that any vaccine provided is appropriate and safe.

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About Tetanus, Diphtheria & Polio

Tetanus is a vaccine-preventable disease caused by a toxin produced by bacteria called Clostridium tetani. Tetanus spores are found in soil throughout the world. The disease is acquired when material containing these spores, such as soil, contaminates a wound. The toxin released from the bacteria may then attack the nerves of the brain and spinal cord. Tetanus is not spread by person to person contact.

Tetanus-prone wounds include the following:

  • certain animal bites and scratches
  • burns
  • puncture type wounds in an contaminated environment e.g. gardening injuries
  • eye injuries
  • wounds containing foreign bodies
  • bone fractures with broken skin
  • wounds in people with bloodstream infections

Tetanus is found worldwide, but is more common in resource-poor countries with low vaccine coverage.

Diphtheria is a highly infectious bacterial infection that can affect the nose and throat (respiratory diphtheria), and sometimes the skin (cutaneous diphtheria). Respiratory diphtheria is spread typically by coughing and sneezing and close contact with infected people. There is a safe and effective vaccine.

The main symptoms are sore throat, difficulty and/or pain on swallowing, husky voice, fever, cough and headache. A grey/yellow membrane of dead tissue may develop over the tonsils and throat which can lead to airway obstruction and breathing difficulties. Lymph glands become swollen, prominent and tender, producing a ‘bull neck’. The toxin produced may affect other organs and it can be fatal.

In countries where hygiene is poor, cutaneous diphtheria is the main source of infection causing painful, non-healing skin ulcers which often become infected with other bacteria. Severe illness is unusual. This type of diphtheria is spread by contact with discharge from contagious skin lesions.

Diphtheria is still a risk for unvaccinated travellers to countries where the uptake of diphtheria containing vaccines is low.

Polio is a potentially paralysing, vaccine preventable, viral infection. The virus is transmitted through food or water contaminated by infected human faeces or by direct contact with an infectious person.

Those at increased risk include travellers visiting friends and relatives, those in direct contact with an infected person, long-stay travellers, and those visiting areas of poor sanitation.

The number of countries where polio commonly occurs has declined from 125 to two: Afghanistan and Pakistan. The rest of the world remains at risk of polio importation, with a number countries still reporting imported cases of polio.

Most individuals (about 95 percent) who acquire polio do not develop symptoms. When they do occur symptoms may range from a mild illness with fever, to symptoms of meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain) or paralysis. Although paralysis occurs in less than one percent of infections it is frequently long lasting.

About the Tetanus, Diphtheria & Polio Vaccine

REVAXIS® (Td-IPV) is a vaccine which helps boost protection against diphtheria, tetanus and poliomyelitis (polio). When an injection of REVAXIS® is given, the body’s natural defenses will produce protection against these different diseases.

This booster vaccination is for children from the age of 6 years, teenagers and adults who have received this vaccine or a similar vaccine in the past.

Like all medicines and vaccines, this vaccine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Most common are local reactions at the site of injection: pain, redness, hardening of the skin (induration), swelling or nodule. If these symptoms begin it is usually within 48 hours of the vaccination, lasting for 1 to 2 days.

Your clinician will discuss potential side effects with you before administering any vaccine.

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