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Chickenpox Vaccine: Recommended Age, Benefits and Risks of not being immunised

The Chickenpox vaccine protects against the Varicella Zoster virus that causes the illness known as chickenpox. The Chickenpox Vaccine is not routinely offered as part of the standard childhood vaccination schedule unless someone is in close contact within their family group to a person who is particularly vulnerable to chickenpox and its complications.

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How does meningitis spread?

Meningitis is caused by both bacteria and viruses – there are several different types. The main ways to spread meningitis are sneezing, coughing, kissing and sharing utensils and cutlery.  Some people carry the virus or bacteria in their nose or throat but are not made ill by it so this is why it can be spread inadvertly.  These people are described as asymptomatic which means they are not showing any symptoms.  

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What are the signs of Meningitis and the cure?

Meningitis is a very serious illness that requires prompt identification and intervention. The difficulty is that early meningitis shares common symptoms with several other illnesses and conditions. However, some telltale indicators can indicate that this is something more than a common cold or flu.

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How to treat meningitis?

Meningitis is commonly caused by a viral or bacterial infection. It is treatable and if early diagnosed and treated can reduce the risks of brain damage or even death.

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Tips to Avoid Getting Sick on Your Trip

Before travelling, visit a travel clinic close to you. Most of these travel clinics such as Touch Wood travel vaccine clinic usually give advise based on your planned location aside the vaccine you will be given. 

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