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15/01/2018

NEWS: New Conjugate Typhoid Vaccine Is Awarded WHO Prequalification

WHO to take a big step forward in the fight against Typhoid. An Indian bioresearch company has now been granted World Health Organisation pre-qualification for their product Typbar-TCV.  Typbar-TCV is a conjugate vaccine.  Conjugate vaccines offer longer and stronger immunity over their polysaccharide cousins and its product has been demonstrated safe in populations as young as 6 months. Until now countries endemic with Typhoid fever, which is a bacterial infection caused by Salmonella, have relied on an old polysaccharide vaccine.  The current polysaccharide vaccine can only be used from 2... Read More

12/01/2018

NEWS: WHO Supports Immunisation Against Cholera In Zambia

Following an outbreak of cholera in Zambia’s capital, 1 million residents of Lusaka are set to be immunised against the deadly disease. The outbreak initially started in the Chipata sub-district on the 2nd October 2017, where it continued to spread leading to the Minister of Health to declare an outbreak on the 6th October¹. On the 9th of January 2018 the Zambian Government placed a temporary suspension on the issue of passports and national identity cards in a bid to contain the disease².  It is only now that the Zambian government... Read More

11/01/2018

NEWS: Bill Gates To Repay Nigeria’s Polio Debt

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is set to repay Nigeria’s $76m Polio debt! Nigeria has authorised the gates foundation, run by Bill and Melissa Gates, to start repaying Nigeria’s Overseas Development Assistance, which has helped Nigeria eradicate polio. The debt to be repaid is $76 million which is repayable to the Japanese government¹ The project’s aim was to eradicate polio in Nigeria by procuring enough vaccine to inoculate all children under 5 years of age a total of 476 million doses². The loan deal that was signed in 2014... Read More

26/10/2017

NEWS: New Changes To Malaria Guidelines

Here at TravelPharm, we are always on the look for new guidance to support our customers with their travel plans. Today has seen the publication of the latest UK malaria prevention guidelines. These guidelines published by the ACMP are just one of many tools we use to help our patients. The Changes: “This 2017 update of the guidelines include the following key changes: 1 – Recognition that the world malaria situation has improved significantly in some regions in recent years Guidelines for malaria prevention in travellers from the UK 2017... Read More

19/10/2017

Why Do People Celebrate Diwali?

Every year, millions of people around the world come together to celebrate Diwali. Depending on where you live, you might have never come across the celebration of Diwali first hand. In the UK, the most prominent public celebrations take place in London and Leicester. But what is this festival all about? Why is it so important to those who celebrate it? We’ve put together this quick guide to help you better understand this wonderful, and colourful, festival. Who celebrates Diwali? The festival is celebrated by Sikhs, Hindus, Jains and Newar Buddhists. What... Read More

06/10/2017

UK Vaccine Shortages

Across the UK there are currently some major vaccine shortages of which are causing disruption for patients wishing to have NHS or private vaccinations. Uh-oh, vaccine shortages! You may think that vaccines are only given by your GP at the local GP surgery but you are incorrect!  Many pharmacies and private clinics provide vaccines and people use these clinics because not all vaccines are available from your GP and for some people the convenience of a private clinic/pharmacy is more important. Unfortunately, our partner sites Manor Pharmacy and Peak Pharmacy... Read More

13/06/2017

Help Support The East Africa Famine Appeal

Travelpharm is proudly helping to sponsor and support the East Africa Famine Appeal. The Namdhari Sikh Sangat UK are working with the Namdhari Sangat East Africa as part of the East Africa Famine Appeal The Nairobi Sangat have already reached out to remote villages and provided 30 tonnes of supplies in April (2017)  to provide food, water and aid to those who are in need. FurthermoreA team of UK Sewadaars have kindly come forward and are going to be travelling to Kenya to work alongside the team of Sewadaars in... Read More

31/03/2017

Staying Water Safe On Your Travels

The choice can be bewildering, and you may even think what’s the point? World travel presents many issues and getting access to safe and reliable clean water sources is a major issue for locals and travellers alike. Usual guidance suggests you should avoid tap water. The logical step is to stick to bottled water, but how clean is the bottled water and how easy is it to obtain? A study in Pakistan found that 8 brands of 71 sampled were unsafe for human consumption. So if the bottled water is not... Read More

13/03/2017

Travelling & Understanding Yellow Fever

Are you travelling to a country that puts you at risk of contracting yellow fever? I recently attended an update for my Yellow Fever training and felt it appropriate to write a little something about travelling and Yellow Fever, its distribution around the world and to provide some links to ongoing outbreaks. What Is Yellow Fever? Yellow Fever is a tropical disease spread by mosquitoes and is found in sub-Saharan Africa and South and Central America.  It is not found in Asia and I will touch on this again shortly.... Read More

15/02/2017

Choosing The Right Insect Repellent

Insect repellents are available in various forms and concentrations. Many skin preparations are available, mostly containing di-ethyltoluamide (DEET). DEET has been proven to be the most effective in preventing mosquito bites so it is the repellent of choice in areas with diseases such as malaria and dengue. For those allergic to DEET, alternatives include Dimethyl Pthalate (contained in ‘shoo’) or Eucalyptus oil (contained in ‘Mosiguard’). Are there different forms of protection? Aerosol and pump-spray products are available which are suitable for treating clothing – if using these on skin it... Read More