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Fleet Street Clinic
29 Fleet Street
London
EC4Y 1AA

OPENING TIMES
  • Monday 8:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Friday 8:45 am - 5:30 pm
Altitude Calculator

Find the altitude of every location on your travel itinerary and create a Profile to show the results in a simple graphic format.

DVT Calculator

Calculate an estimate of your own risk of flight-related Deep Vein Thrombosis.

Jet Lag Calculator

The Jet Lag Calculator can tell you how long it will take you to adjust to your new time zone when you travel – and to adjust back again when you come home.

Blood-Borne Viruses

What are Blood-Borne viruses?

Common examples of blood-borne viruses include:

  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which can lead to accuired immunodeficiency virus (AIDS), a disease which affects the body’s immune system
  • Hepatitis B and C, which can both affect the liver
  • Zika virus – although spread predominantly by mosquitoes, Zika may persist in semen for weeks following infection, necessitating “safe sex” precautions for six months following possible exposure.

How can I protect myself against blood-borne viruses?

To prevent HIV, Hepatitis B, and other blood borne viruses including Hepatitis C whilst in other countries – all travellers should consider:

  • Safe sex
  • The importance of safety awareness at all times – to reduce the risk of accidents and any need for medical attention
    • Don’t drink and drive
    • Wear seat belts
    • Don’t ride mopeds or motor cycles without helmets and full protective gear
  • Travelling with a sterile needle kit in countries where medical facilities may be unsafe
  • Having a dental checkup at home before you go
  • Joining the Blood Care Foundation to assure access to a safe blood supply if you need emergency medical treatment
  • Obtaining prompt expert advice and urgent post-exposure treatment (PEP) if you think you have been exposed
  • In some instances it may be sensible to travel with a small supply of PEP treatment (e.g. for healthcare workers planning to work abroad in a high risk setting.)
  • A recent addition to the armoury is PrEP treatment – using anti-HIV medication in advance of possible exposure  – ask us for further information.

Travelling with HIV

Some vaccines may be less protective in people reduced with immunity, while other vaccines (such as yellow fever and other live vaccines) may present an increased risk of side effects.

For any travellers with HIV or any other cause of reduced immunity, vaccine protection needs careful consideration. We can help you with:

  • Expert advice on fine-tuning your vaccine protection
  • Immunity testing to confirm that vaccines remain effective – as well as any other laboratory tests
  • Making simple adjustments to your itinerary to minimise risk
  • Providing exemption certificates in situations where vaccines should not be used.

For travellers at special increased risk (e.g. medical students working overseas, individuals facing a high risk of injury) – we can provide emergency post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) kits to travel with.

For travellers who think they have been exposed, we can provide full post-exposure care and specialist referral as needed.

Travelling with Hepatitis B

We recommend Hepatitis B vaccination for all young people and the majority of serious travellers. We think this vaccine ought to part of the standard childhood vaccination schedule, as it is in many other countries.

We can help with:

  • Rapid vaccine schedules
  • Workplace Hepatitis B programmes for people at increased occupational risk
  • Immunity testing
  • Special arrangements for healthcare workers
  • Specialist advice, if you have been told that you are a “non-responder” to hepatitis B vaccine.
  • Post exposure advice and care – including access to emergency treatment (hepatitis B immunoglobulin) for people who have been exposed

We are able to help plan your trip and assist with prevention as well as treatment if you are concerned about any blood-borne viruses.

For further information and a consultation with an experienced member of our travel team, book online here, or call us on 020 7353 5678.

 

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