Healthcare| December 04, 2019

Why Vaccinations Are Important


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We often get queried about the pros and cons of vaccinations. The most effective way to prevent infectious disease is through vaccination. The vaccination teaches the immune system to recognise and fight pathogens, also known as germs. Whether you’re planning on staying home this winter or escaping abroad, it is very important that you get you and your family vaccinated. Qured’s experienced doctors will suggest the vaccines you may need over the winter. Here’s just some of the vaccines that Qured offers, and why vaccinations are important.

Flu and chickenpox vaccines

Many news articles report on the dangers of flu vaccinations. However, the benefits of flu vaccines are numerous, and doctors highly recommend them. Certain groups of people are more susceptible to severe flu complications, including pneumonia. These groups include pregnant women, those with underlying health conditions, and people over the age of 65. Therefore, flu immunisations are crucial for these groups of people.

Vaccinations decrease the chance of flu-associated illnesses. Flu vaccines are recommended for children aged 6 months and upwards. However, the specific vaccine given will vary for different age groups. For ages 2-17 the immunisation can come in the form of a nasal spray, suitable for those who have a fear of injections.

Qured supplies vaccines against chickenpox. This vaccine is not available on the NHS, except for those who are particularly vulnerable to the virus or complications associated with it. Chickenpox is very common amongst children, and gives unpleasant symptoms of fever and itching spots across the whole body.

What can vaccinations prevent?

Typhoid, malaria and other tropical diseases

Typhoid and Malaria are rarely found in the UK. However, if travelling abroad to Asia, Africa, South America, or other hot countries, you are at risk. These infections, as well as other tropical diseases have very severe, unpleasant symptoms. These infections are spread through means like mosquito bites or food contamination, which are hard to prevent whilst travelling.

Home immunisations for typhoid and malaria are highly recommended, as if you become infected whilst travelling medical help is often limited. Both infections are very serious, and can be fatal if not treated promptly or correctly. Therefore, the safe option is to take adequate steps to prevent typhoid and malaria, rather than try and treat them. A Qured home visit is a good way to discuss which vaccinations are required so you can enjoy your holiday as planned without risk!

Hepatitis A and B

Hepatitis A and B are infections of the liver, spread through bodily fluids. They are spread through various ways including; sex, tattoos or piercings, and even sharing toothbrushes. The infection symptomless, and can persist for years, particularly in children, resulting in serious liver damage and further complications. High risk of infection areas include Africa, Asia, or the Pacific Islands. Therefore, a month or two before traveling to any of these areas you should look at getting vaccinated.

Hepatitis B immunisations are a series of vaccines that are highly recommended for babies age 8 weeks onwards. If infection of hepatitis B occurs, there is a chance it could develop to chronic hepatitis B, a life-long infection. Chronic hepatitis B affects 90% of babies infected, and 5% of adults infected, so it is important to immunise babies as young as possible.

Hepatitis A is less common in the UK, but those traveling to parts of the world where sanitation standards are poor are at risk. The infection can spread through drinking contaminated water and close contact with someone who has Hepatitis A. Vaccinations prevent the likelihood of infection through these means.

Get vaccinated today

Download the Qured app, call us on +44 (0)333 016 4411, or book online to get fast private care in your home, office, or even a hotel room. Qured’s experienced private doctors are available 7 days a week, from 08:30am to 10:00pm, and can be with you in as little as 2 hours.

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