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What You Need to Know about the DTaP Vaccine?
Friday, 14 February 2020 05:53:33 Europe/London
The DTaP vaccine is a combined vaccine that protects against diphtheria, tetanus and polio. The trade name of the vaccine is Revaxis. Although it is often given to babies at around the age of 8, 12 and 16 weeks, there are many reasons why you or your child may have missed out on this vaccine via the NHS. At Miles Pharmacy, we offer this vaccine at our travel clinic in Ashtead. Our experienced staff can offer up to date advice and recommendations regarding all travel vaccines, from the convenience of your local pharmacy.
Why Do I Need Protection?
The three illnesses that the vaccine protects against, are unpleasant. Diphtheria is a bacterial infection and causes sore throat, white patches within the mouth and swollen lymph nodes within the neck. It can cause a barking cough. Antibiotics are often required to treat diphtheria.
Tetanus is also a bacterial infection that causes muscle spasms which often begin in the jaw, giving it an alternative name of lockjaw. The spasms then spread to the rest of the body. The spasms can be severe enough to cause bone fractures and recovery from tetanus can take months. Medical treatment, including muscle relaxants, is often required.
The polio vaccine has helped to dramatically reduce the cases of polio, but it is still present in some countries. It is transmitted via the faecal-oral route and is therefore associated with poor hygiene or lack of sanitation. Polio causes muscle weakness and difficulty in moving. Treatment of polio is often purely supportive.
The three illnesses are more commonly found abroad, and it is, therefore, important to ensure you are protected against them via vaccination before leaving the UK. The DTaP vaccine can be administered at our travel clinic in Ashtead. Travellers require three doses of the vaccine, each administered one month apart. A booster is recommended after 10 years.
To book your DTaP vaccine, call Miles Pharmacy today.