Thursday, 4 August 2016

The FTM Hub

The Faculty of Travel Medicine have just posted a notice on Facebook as follows:

Our free of charge, online travel health education is being offered as a special ‘one off’ opportunity by our Faculty of Travel Medicine. The FTM Hub is a pilot interactive educational journal which was launched in June 2016, providing easily accessible, visually attractive education which can be undertaken at the user’s own pace and time availability. Created and designed by Jane Chiodini, Director of Education for the Faculty of Travel Medicine, the material is developed in an e learning programme which offers the capability of providing the user with many different forms of interactions, including videos for a travel health update, live links to related resources online, case studies and much more. To access click HERE  and in return please complete the anonymous evaluation survey which will help inform the Hub’s further development. The survey will take about 5 minutes to complete. To complete the survey click HERE

Please note, all the information in the Hub was up to date at the time of production.  In the section on Zika within the hub, information about male travellers with no Zika symptoms were originally  advised to use condoms for 4 weeks following travel to an area with active Zika virus transmission to prevent sexual transmission but this period of time is currently extended to EIGHT WEEKS.  See HERE for more details.  

It is planned that if the Hub is developed further, it will be made available to all members of the Faculty of Travel Medicine.  Those who prefer not to undertake formal training in travel medicine can still join within the Affiliate category.  The annual fee is £30 which would provide access to the Hub every 6 months, receipt of two printed copies of Emporiatrics per annum, access to the Journal of Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease and also reduced delegate rates to FTM educational events.  For more details click HERE. Alternatively, learners could access the Hub for a small fee from an online portal as a standalone programme which will be posted HERE in the future.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Diabetes and Travel

I've created another page on my website - this time for the 'HELP' section on Diabetes and Travel. Diabetes UK have published some great resources and there are a number of other links that are very helpful including one to advise on time zones and travel and the link takes you to a podcast about it.
Don't forget the HELP section has many other topics with numerous links for advice on 15 topics now.   Click here to access the diabetes page or on the image below and here to see the other topics in HELP.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Hepatitis B vaccine

PLEASE NOTE the following blog is related to the 

A few people have mentioned to me of late about the rapid schedule of hepatitis B vaccine just now being 0, 1 and 2 months.  I previously thought one gave a 4th reinforcing dose at 12 months. This remains most certainly the case for infants at continued risk and is the schedule used for babies born to hepatitis B positive mothers.  (see page 174 of the Green Book).

However reviewing all the information, the evidence remains confusing. Wherever the text is in lime green, it will take you to the relevant link online - current at the time of posting this blog today !  Sorry this is such a long posting.

The Green Book on page 175 states for pre-exposure prophylaxis in most adult and childhood risk groups, an accelerated schedule should be used with vaccine given at zero, one and two months.  Only for those infants who are at continued risk, a fourth dose is recommended at 12 months.  An alternative schedule at zero one and six months should only be used where rapid protection is not required and there is a high likelihood of compliance.

The TRAVAX information summary chart for hepatitis B vaccine for adults concurs with this information.

The NaTHNaC summary chart for hepatitis B vaccine states the accelerated schedule of 0, 1 and 2 months and a fourth dose at 12 months for Engerix B (20mcg/1ml) but for HBVAXPRO Adult states the accelerated schedule of 0, 1 and 2 months.

The SPC for Engerix B 20mcg (updated 24.11.15) and HBVAXPRO 10mcg (updated 05.06.14) at both state a fourth dose should be administered at 12 months if using a 0, 1 and 2 month schedule.

So I’m confused!  However, remember the Green Book chapter 4, page 25, first paragraph states ...Recommendations on immunisation procedures are based on currently available evidence and experience of best practice. In some circumstances, this advice may differ from that in vaccine manufacturers’ Summaries of Product Characteristics (SPCs). When this occurs, the recommendations in this book (which are based on current expert advice received from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) should be followed.

Therefore I conclude I will go with a 0, 1 and 2 month schedule with usually NO 4th reinforcing dose at 12 months when appropriate!

The booster at 5 years of course is another debate!

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Hot News

I've created this page on my website to put links to the most recent information on a new item that might currently be in the news a lot.  That topic at the moment is Zika Virus (ZIKV).  There are some wonderful resources and very useful charts for you to use in your consultations but it's important to ensure you're always using the latest version.  Last month alone these documents were all updated
  • Zika virus infection - guidance for primary care 
  • Algorithm for Zika advice for pregnant women, those planning pregnancy and their partners
  • Interim algorithm for assessing pregnant women with a history of travel 
So I'll try hard to make sure that the latest version of such items are always up to date on the 'Hot News' page for you to access.  See here or click on the image below.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Diabetes and travel

This booklet was published in Summer 2015 but I wonder if you were aware of it? Published by Diabetes UK it forms part of their educational material for those who have diabetes.  The travelling guide gives advice on how to prepare, what to pack and how to make sure the holiday goes without a hitch - very useful for our client base in this category. See here for more details.  NaTHNaC published a factsheet on diabetes in April this year and updated it today - another useful resources.  See here

click on the image below for direct access 

How much do you know about vaccination?

This was a post I made on Facebook in early May.  It's a quiz developed by Public Health England to assess if you are an 'immunisation amateur or a vaccine virtuoso!'  It comprises 10 quick multiple choice questions and was fun to do!  See here to play!

Here's the first question - click on the image as well to access 

Travel Health Roadshow

Life has been too busy recently for comfort and not just on the work front so I apologise I haven't met the commitment I gave the start of the year to blog more!  I've put information on Facebook because that's quicker to do so you can always catch a lot from there - see here.

The series of workshops I'm doing with the RCN around the country are now officially announced and bookings are being taken.  These have been created in response to people around the country asking if I was doing education in their areas .... so I hope you may be able to come along.  To find out more detail please go to my website page which will lead you to the RCN pages for more details

Click also on the poster below to obtain more information.