The vaccine for Japanese Encephalitis is just one of the precautions you may need to take if you are travelling to Southeast Asia. This is a high-risk area for the illness and the vaccine for Japanese encephalitis is very effective and will protect 9 out of 10 people who have it.
Meningitis is an illness all parents fear but it is not just a disease that strikes young children; it is also of concern for adolescents in their teenage years which is why school children in Years 9 and 10 and some other young people are routinely offered MenACWY.
Hepatitis is a generic term used to describe inflammation of the liver. There are different types of Hepatitis disease, some pass without any serious problems or even many symptoms whereas others can be long-lasting and chronic and will cause scarring of the liver, loss of liver function and sometimes, cancer of the liver.
Rabies is not present in the United Kingdom in any great degree; there is a small amount of the disease in the wild bat population. However, if you visit other parts of the world then you may be at risk from rabies depending on where you are staying and for how long.
Shingles is also called Herpes Zoster and is an infection which causes a painful rash. Shingles is related to chickenpox but you cannot catch shingles from someone who has chickenpox.
You might think that a virus is unavoidable and some are, but viral hepatitis is preventable and you can protect against it many different ways. One of the key elements in the management of hepatitis is the hepatitis vaccination.
Rabies is not present in the UK other than in some of the wild bat population but it is a disease which is endemic in different parts of the world. If you are travelling to certain countries then it is important to take precautions against rabies and understand where the risks lie.