Q: I’m supposed to be going to Brazil in March. What doyou advise concerning the Zika virus?
A. The Zika virus is transmitted by the aedes mosquito which is prevalent in Brazil. If you are female who is or could become pregnant then the advice is to postpone your trip. There has been a large increase in the number of abnormal births particularly concerning babies where the brain has not fully formed called microcephaly. Although Brazilian Authorities have said they are exterminating the mosquito it is still very important if you are traveling to that area to use repellents. I recommend a 50% Deet preparation which is effective without causing skin irritation. You must apply the repellent during the day and particularly in the evening. It is also recommended that you cover your arms and legs using loose clothing and mosquito nets at night. If you do contract the virus then the symptoms tend to be mild fever, joint pain, itching, red eyes and headache. It is not advisable to take ibuprofen in the case of increased bleeding. Paracetamol is medicine of choice. If you are going to an area where malaria prevention medication is recommended, then we at New Life Pharmacy can provide advice and medication without the need to see your doctor. Just call in Pharmacy.
FLU VACCINATION INFORMATION
This year GGHB is running the flu vaccination service.
If you are over 65, then please wait for your letter from the NHS. That will give you the date, time and venue . (Younger patients e.g. 65 year olds are being vaccinatedfirst) It’s also important to point out that the over 65 vaccine is different from the one given to the under 65’s and also different from the one that may be available on a private basis. The under 65’s at risk e.g. asthmatics those with diabetes etc willeither be done at their GP practice or again at a hub.
If you are under 65 and a carer please contact the pharmacy on 0141 633 3868 or firstname.lastname@example.org where you can book in for a vaccine. Unfortunately our private service is at capacity just now and we have a waiting list