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  • Polio, Diphtheria and Tetanus Vaccine

    The combined Polio, Diphtheria and Tetanus vaccine protects against three different illnesses for up to 10 years.  All three are dangerous and can be fatal.

    It is important to check vaccination recommendations before you travel. Information can be found on the Travel Health Pro website. 

    Kamsons Pharmacy offer a quick and easy vaccination service. To get started, simply complete the questionnaire at the bottom of this page.

    What are Polio, Diphtheria and Tetanus?

    Polio – Polio is a viral infection that no longer exists in the UK however it was very common in the 1940s and 50s. If you grew up in the UK it is likely you were vaccinated against Polio however if you are travelling to a country who has not yet beaten Polio, you may need a booster. The polio virus causes damage to the nervous system and can be fatal.

    Diphtheria – Diphtheria is transmitted through saliva and mucus and is highly contagious. Diphtheria can cause a high fever, sore throat, difficulties breathing and a grey or white membrane in the throat. Diphtheria can be fatal and it is important to check your vaccines are up to date before travelling to a high-risk area.

    Tetanus – Tetanus is a bacterial infection that usually occurs if these bacteria enter an open wound after injury. The risks of catching tetanus is higher following an animal bite or if the wound has been in contact with soil or manure. If left untreated, there is a high risk that the infection will be fatal.

    Our vaccination service and how it works

    Many Kamsons pharmacies offer travel vaccinations that can be administered in the pharmacy. To register your interest for this service, simply complete the below questionnaire. The form will then be reviewed by one of our independent prescribers. Once the pharmacy has received the prescription, a member of the pharmacy team will contact you to arrange an appointment for administration of your vaccine.

    From completing the initial form to having your travel vaccines ready to administer, we aim to complete the process in 2 working days.

    The Polio, Diphtheria and Tetanus vaccine is available from Kamsons Pharmacy for £35.

    If you are travelling you may also be interested in our Period DayAntimalarial and Travel Vaccine services.