TRAVEL & IMMUNISATION CLINIC

TETANUS

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What is Tetanus?

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.

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Signs & Symptoms

  • Generalised tetanus is responsible for most cases; this is associated with intense, painful contraction and spasm of skeletal muscles. It usually causes lockjaw (trismus) characterised by facial muscles spasm.

 

  • Other symptoms include: a stiff neck, forceful arching of the back, abnormal breathing and difficulty swallowing.

 

  • Even with intensive medical support, death occurs in 10 to 20 percent of cases.

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Locations

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

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Prevention

All travellers should be up to date with their vaccinations.

Nisha Berry MRPharmS IP

Nisha is a highly experienced clinical pharmacist, with extra qualifications in travel-vaccinations. She completed her degree at the University of Aston, and has since worked at and managed a variety of busy community pharmacies across London and Essex. She has also completed her post-graduate training and is a qualified independent prescriber.
Nisha is the clinic lead for our Travel Clinic, and she will be responsible for the prescription and delivery of all vaccinations.
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WHAT WILL WE PROVIDE

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Free Consultation and Travel Advice with an experienced Pharmacist

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A Comprehensive Range of Vaccinations and Aftercare

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