Surgery Offers Travellers' Jab; HELEN RAE Finds out How Getting the Yellow Fever Jab Has Just Been Made Easier for Holidaymakers Travelling to Exotic Locations

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Byline: HELEN RAE

AGP surgery in the North East has become the latest practice to offer the yellow fever jab to holidaymakers.

Hylton Medical Group, at Pallion Health Centre, in Sunderland, is now a registered yellow fever centre after senior practice nurse Jane Richardson completed the training required to deliver the jab.

Yellow fever is a serious viral disease that is usually transmitted by a type of mosquito, known as the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

People travelling to regions where the mosquito is found - such as South America, African countries south of the Sahara desert and parts of the Caribbean - are advised to get the jab to protect themselves from the potentially fatal disease. Dr Faisal Al Durrah, consultant in public health medicine at NHS South of Tyne and Wear, which serves Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT), said: "Hylton Medical Group is the latest GP surgery in Sunderland to deliver the jab, protecting patients from the disease for at least 10 years.

"Holidaymakers must have a yellow fever vaccination at least 10 days before travelling to an 'at risk' country.

"People should talk to their GP about where they are travelling to, and they can advise on whether the vaccination is needed."

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