Do you work here in London and does your job involve foreign travel? If the answer to both questions is yes, you’ll probably find the walk-in travel clinic service that we provide at Broadgate Clinic London Wall very useful. It’s a very convenient way of getting the tests and vaccinations that your travel plans may require done as and when you need them. We’ll also issue you with a certificate, if you need one for travel purposes, confirming you’ve have the appropriate vaccination.

What is Tetanus and how is it caused?

Although it comes under a lot of pressure, the National Health system here in the UK is quite efficient in terms of making sure we are appropriately immunised at a young age. For most of us these early jabs, providing we have the appropriate boosters at senior school, are enough to see us through life. In some instances, if you cut yourself badly in the great outdoors, your doctor or the hospital you attend will probably give you a tetanus booster, or a Tetanus Immunoglobulin (TIG) shot just to be on the safe side. Tetanus is a disease that is caused by the bacterium found in the soil and in animal and/or human waste. Once-upon-a-time often referred to as “lockjaw”, it causes stiffness of the muscles, (primarily the jaw muscles), and muscle spasms, due to neurotoxins that are released by the Clostridium Tetani bacteria.

The UK has Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio under control

Most vaccines that are administered in the UK today are combination vaccines. The Tetanus vaccine is no exception. It is commonly partnered with Diphtheria and Polio vaccines. Tetanus is well under control here in the UK. Only seven cases, none of which were fatal, were reported in 2013. As regards Diphtheria, only 9 cases were registered in 2013, none of which were fatal. The last case of polio in the UK was registered in 1993. The victim had contracted it while visiting India.

World incidence rate of Tetanus

There are no published figures for the total cases of Tetanus worldwide for 2013. 25 countries however have been classed as being Tetanus- free.

World incidence rate of Diphtheria

In 2013, 4,671 cases of Diphtheria were registered worldwide according to figures published by the WHO (World Health Organisation). The countries where you would be considered to be at most risk are certain countries in Africa, India, South America and South Asia.

If you’re visiting an “at-risk” country, (for confirmation check with the WHO website), and you last booster containing the diphtheria vaccine was more than 10 years ago, you should have another booster shot. The most convenient way if you work in London is to visit the walk-in travel clinic at Broadgate Clinic London Wall and ask for the combined Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio vaccination.

World incidence rate of Polio

In 2013, 407 cases of polio were registered worldwide in accordance with figures published by the WHO. There are now only three countries in the world that are classed as being Polio endemic. They are: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.

If you will be travelling to an “at-risk” country, (for a complete list of “at-risk” countries check with the WHO website), and you last booster containing the polio vaccine was more than 10 years ago, you should have another booster shot. For best convenience, if you work in London, visit the walk-in travel clinic at Broadgate Clinic London Wall and ask for the combined Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio vaccination.

If in doubt – pop in to the walk-in travel clinic at Broadgate Clinic London Wall for a chat

To be properly effective the Tetanus/Diphtheria/Polio vaccination should be administered 4 weeks before you are due to travel. If you’re in any doubt about the risks, call in at the walk-in travel clinic at Broadgate Clinic London Wall and chat to one of our clinicians.