Vaccination

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Our network of private medical clinics offers a diverse vaccination program. We provide all basic immunizations found in the vaccine schedule. Moreover, it is possible to get a more specific vaccination, such as for the flu, pneumonia, shingles, as well as certain travel vaccines.

Travel health

 

It is a good idea to consult a travel health specialist two to three before your departure, whether you are staying for a short time or travelling to a luxury hotel.

 

Here are the most common vaccines:

 

Tetanus :Infectious disease caused by clostridium tetani bacteria that attacks the nerves. It enters the body through a soiled wound. Tetanus has no borders and occurs worldwide. It can be prevented through proper wound care and getting vaccinated every 10 years.

 

Typhoid : Infection caused by salmonella bacteria. It is contracted by ingesting contaminated water and/or food, or through fecal-oral transmission.

 

Hepatitis A: Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus.
This contagious infection is contracted by ingesting contaminated food or water, being in contact with an infectious person, or simply by being a carrier of the virus.

It is present worldwide but mainly in areas where hygiene is poor. Vaccination and good hygiene are the only ways to protect yourself.

 

Hepatitis B: Infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus. The virus is transmitted through blood, unprotected sex, and sometimes saliva.
As a preventive measure, avoid unprotected sex, tattoos, piercings, medical care with non-sterile equipment, and get vaccinated.

 

Like its cousin, hepatitis A, hepatitis B is a worldwide epidemic, particularly affecting Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Amazon Basin, South and West Pacific Islands and West, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.

 

Flu vaccine

 

Vaccination remains the most effective way to protect yourself against seasonal influenza, for anyone over 6 months old. The flu vaccine can prevent influenza in roughly 70 to 90% of healthy children and adults. We recommend that you get vaccinated every year because the influenza strains change from year to year. It takes roughly two weeks from its administration for the vaccine to provide complete protection, and lasts approximately 6 months.

 

Reduce the risk of contracting the seasonal influenza virus and its possible complications by quickly receiving your flu shot at one of our private medical clinics. Nurses at Avenir MD offer appointments without waiting for influenza vaccination.

 

A dedicated nursing team for a effective vaccination

 

Despite some beliefs, vaccination is a safe and effective way to fight the flu. Since it contains no live virus, the vaccine can not transmit the flu. However, it generates a simulation of infection to which the body reacts by developing antibodies.

 

Each year, a new vaccine is offered to match the circulating strains. It usually contains 3 strains, 2 of type A and one of type B. The seasonal vaccine includes strain A (H1N1), responsible for the influenza pandemic that occurred in 2009.

SHINGLES VACCINE

 

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is the medical term for the reactivation of the chickenpox virus. A shingles prevention vaccine exists and we strongly recommend it to people over 60.

 

Those within the 50 to 59-year age group may also get the vaccine after consulting a health professional. Remember that signs and symptoms can reappear in a person who has already developed shingles, which is why we recommend the vaccine.

 

Moreover, remember that even if you are vaccinated against the chickenpox, or have developed this infection previously, the Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux recommends vaccination for better protection against herpes zoster and its complications.

 

Symptoms and prevention

 

Symptoms are often preceded by warning signs, such as excessive sensitivity, localized numbness, and itching. The rash produces painful, liquid-filled vesicles, causing a burning and stinging sensation.

 

Before lesions appear, the rash causes itching and, in some cases, severe pain. The rash usually lasts about seven to 10 days, disappearing completely after about a month. However, pain may persist for up to three months or even longer in rare cases. In most cases, a single shingles outbreak will occur, but some people have repeated flares. Symptoms are more intense and the rash more severe among those with a weakened immune system. For these people, lesions take longer to heal and will sometimes scar. The virus may also spread to other organs, in some cases.

 

One of the major complications of shingles is post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), characterized by severe pain along the path of the affected nerves, where the herpes zoster virus is located. The virus can cause blindness when it affects the optic nerve and is not treated. With outbreaks most often triggered when the immune system weakens (aging, medication, mononucleosis, stress, cancer, disease, etc.), the virus reactivates in one or more nerve ganglia, and from there, the virus travels through the nerve fibers to the skin, causing a rash similar to that of the chickenpox.

The microscopic lesions of the skin are identical to those of the chickenpox (presence of multinucleated giant cells with mononuclear infiltration). As diagnosing the infection is usually easy, a histological analysis is generally not necessary.

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