Vaccination advice

Make sure you are up to date with routine immunisations and hepatitis B vaccine. Check any necessary travel vaccines and arrange these through your GP practice or a travel clinic at least six weeks in advance. If you are visiting an area that requires yellow fever vaccination and are currently taking the drug hydroxycarbamide please discuss this with your hospital specialist as it may not be recommended.

If you have thalassaemia and have had your spleen removed, check you have received the following vaccines:

        • pneumovax (given every 5 years)
        • haemophilus Influenzae type B
        • meningococcal C
        • meningococcal ACWY conjugate
        • hepatitis B
        • influenza (given by your GP in the autumn or winter months every year)

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