03.10.18 – Vaccinations

I want to go away on holiday again! After I’ve realized what all the hype is about, following years of not being able to travel, I’m craving another holiday. After all, I deserve it, right? 🙈

I contacted a friend to see if she wanted to go away in December. She said she had already planned to go to South Africa, but her friend had dropped out. I said I’d check if I could go instead. I booked the time off work the same day but then remembered about needing vaccinations. After a transplant you are told not to have live vaccinations. These include, yellow fever and MMR. Yellow fever is required to travel to Cape Town, or so I thought? I’m told by a Dr that it’s not required. It is however needed in:

– Sub-Saharan Africa

– most of South America

– parts of Central America

– parts of the Caribbean

(https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/yellow-fever/)

It’s a long haul flight and during the first year of transplantation it might be a bit risky. I’ll see what my liver consultant says when I go for review.

Ive decided to write down a list of places that require live vaccinations. At least then I’ll know where I can and can’t go.

The problem with vaccines post transplant is if the immune system does not work properly, the vaccine may not work or may even cause harm. They cannot be given to people who are immunosuppressed, however, as there is a risk their immune system would not be able to make antibodies rapidly enough, and they could develop the disease the vaccine is designed to prevent.

Examples of live vaccines are the BCG vaccineshingles vaccine, MMR vaccine, and the children’s nasal spray flu vaccine.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/vaccine-ingredients/

I’ve not long had my flu jab at work, as it’s a must for us nurses and recommended for transplanted patients…so I think I’m happy with that one vaccine for now. 😁

Even though you may not be eligible for a free flu jab, it’s worth looking into. Just think about how it’ll help protect yourself and others from flu, stay health and prevent spreading. Click here to find out more.

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