Travel Health & Infectious Disease

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The Measles Outbreak- what do I need to know as a parent?

The Measles Outbreak: What Do I Need to Know as a Parent? What is Measles? Measles is caused by an extremely contagious virus (contagious means that it spreads quickly from person to person). It was very common indeed prior to the introduction of immunisation as part of the MMR vaccine (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) [...]

Confused about meningitis vaccines for kids?- know the facts

What is Meningitis? Meningitis strikes fear into the hearts of parents, and rightly so- it’s a medical emergency that can rapidly become life-threatening. Meningitis occurs when viruses or bacteria infect the fluid and outer membranes of the brain and spinal cord.  Symptoms may include fever, irritability, headache, vomiting, neck stiffness and sensitivity to light. [...]

Altitude Sickness: symptoms & treatment

Altitude sickness is most common at 3500 metres above sea level or higher. It  happens because the body hasn’t adapted to the height.  Often, this just results in mild symptoms that improve with rest and time, as the body acclimatises.  But in some cases, it can cause life-threatening problems. Factors leading to altitude sickness: [...]