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Diphtheria

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Tetanus

Tetanus is a severe disease caused by a neurotoxin which is produced by Clostridium tetani bacteria. Transmission occurs when spores are introduced into the body, most often through wounds. Tetanus is not spread from person to person.

The toxin produced by the bacteria cause a number of different symptoms including spasm of facial muscles e.g. “lock jaw”.

People of all ages can acquire tetanus infection, but it is particularly common and serious in newborn babies. Early diagnosis and treatment for tetanus can be life-saving.1

Polio

Poliomyelitis (polio) is a highly infectious disease caused by the poliovirus. It can be preventable via vaccination. Poliovirus invades the nervous system, and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. It can strike at any age, but mainly affects children under 3 years old.1

Most people infected with the poliovirus have no signs of illness. Symptomless people can spread the infection to thousands of others before the first case of polio paralysis emerges. When symptoms do occur they can range from a mild illness with fever, to meningitis or paralysis.2

 The following is a summary about the disease. For further details speak to your local pharmacist or GP.

Tuberculosis

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Shingles

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Meningitis B

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