Message from King’s College London
We are looking for healthy donors aged 18-40 or 55+ that are travelling abroad and require the yellow fever vaccine, and who are willing to donate 4 blood samples over a period of one month prior to travel. This research is to help us to investigate how the immune response changes with age.
We know that the immune response to vaccines is diminished as we get older. We are investigating the B cell response to yellow fever vaccination with age and require both older and younger volunteers for comparison. We would like healthy volunteers between the ages of 18 and 40 or those over 55 that are travelling abroad and require the yellow fever vaccine who are willing to give a small amount of blood and receive the vaccine. Three further blood samples would be required, one 7 days later, one 14 days later and one 28 days later. The vaccine is being administered free of charge to those that are participating in the study.
Would you like to be involved in research?
We are looking for health professionals/clinics in the London area who are involved in administering travel vaccines – in particular the yellow fever vaccine. Clinics would identify suitable patient volunteers, take consent, administer the yellow fever vaccine in isolation and take blood samples before and 7 ,14, 28 days after vaccination. Samples would be collected by courier, tubes and packaging provided. Patient volunteers would have their remaining travel vaccines after the 28 day blood donation.
Do you have any tales to tell from your travel clinic? I bet you have! Please share them with me – it’s for a very good cause.
If we can collect enough they will be produced as a booklet to raise funds for NECTM6 Charity Project. The NECTM6 travel conference will be held in London on 1 to 4 June 2016 and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control is the charity partner – please visit www.nectm.com for more details.
I’m looking for contributions of memorable moments from your travels or travel clinic experience – descriptions and anecdotes of anything funny, ridiculous, extraordinary, alarming or thought-provoking will do. For example, I’ve had to inject through some racy tattoos, advise a traveller who’d stuck himself together with superglue, answer some bizarre questions and had many ‘lost in translation’ moments.
Thank you so much! Adrienne Willcox.