Sunday, 31 January 2016

Disease and vaccine translations into other languages

Amazing document from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (in the USA) of foreign language terms of diseases and vaccines in different countries.  Another table lists the names of specific vaccines that are used, or have been used, internationally, along with the manufacturer and more.  These documents come from the CDC Pink book (see here) which is similar to our UK Green book!  For the PDFs of the charts, see here.  Remember this other chart from here !

Click on the image below to all the immunisation resources on my website as well

Many thanks go to Rachel Hardy for notifying me about these new charts from the Pink Book.   Rachel is just completing her Diploma in Travel Medicine at RCPS Glasgow - good luck on the final leg Rachel

Practice Nurse Update January 2016

I write a monthly travel health update in Practice Nurse which they kindly allow me to post on my website - I've been writing these since 2010!. Five new items discussed in this current issue: Yellow fever training in Scotland, the work of the FCO, a new CDC app, the FTM/RPS travel conference in April 2016 and a new EU logo for online pharmacy sales. This is just a quick way of keeping yourself up to date, they are short snippets that will take you to further resources.  To see go to the 'Travel Health Update' on my website here and also available on the Practice Nurse website here
Clicking on the image below will take you directly to the article

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Travel Medicine: Bites, bumps, burns and more

Joint conference on Monday 11th April 2016 between the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Faculty of Travel Medicine.  Geared towards pharmacists interested in travel medicine, but this is also a great programme for all those delivering travel health service.  See here on the RPS website for the programme and to book and here on the RCPSG website

Sunday, 10 January 2016

PGD for Revaxis for Travel Purposes

Just found a PGD template for Revaxis which includes TRAVEL in its inclusion criteria from Public Health England, uploaded onto the website in November 2015 and valid until October 2017 see here

The PGD still has to be formally authorised and signed by a clinical governance or patient safety lead, who has designated responsibility for signing PGDs on behalf of NHS England for their geographical area to meet the legal requirements for the PGD. However, for those of us with no PGDs for travel vaccines at the current time, this is helpful!

The inclusion statement says 'Individuals aged 10 years and over who: are travelling to an area where medical attention may not be accessible should a tetanus prone wound occur, or will be residing in epidemic or endemic areas where tetanus, diphtheria or poliomyelitis protection is required and the final dose of the relevant antigen was received more than 10 years ago, even if the individual has received 5 doses of tetanus containing vaccine previously' 

You can also click on the image below to  access this PHE template.

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Viral Hepatitis Serology Training

Have you sometimes struggled to understand and remember the interpretation of hepatitis B serology testing and what each result means.  Reference is made to the different results in the 'Green Book' for example Table 18.4 Vaccination of term babies according to the hepatitis B status of the mother - on page 173 see here.  

A wealth of resources not only for serology training on hepatitis B but also hepatitis A, C, D and E can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website with videos and full explanations here.  Clicking on the image of the hepatitis B virus below will also take you to this same page and from here, you'd be able to explore an excellent range of further resources on the topic.