Armilla Patrol Vaccinations back in 1985 Bayleaf

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Will anyone know what Vaccinations I would have been given before we left Portland in 1985 for the Persian Gulf?
And where I will be able to get confirmation?
I have been suffering ill health for over 15 years, mainly neurological, and the Hospital wants to know what vaccinations I had to rule them out.
They have finally diagnosed Chronic Lyme Disease, but need this info before a treatment plan can begin.

Many thanks in advance, Mark
 
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Lyme disease is nothing to do with vaccinations. I would guess you had tetanus, diphtheria, poliomyelitis, typhoid and Hepatitis A vaccinations. It's tricky as RFA personnel usually get vaccs done through their civvy GP, not Pusser. Do you remember who did your jabs?
 
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They do not know if the Lyme Disease is a new ailment, and because of the neurological problems I cannot remember a thing, just little snippets, ie leaving Gosport for 2 weeks training at Portland, then finally sailing for the Gulf on the 8th June 1985, I only remember this because I had my 17th birthday while going though the Bay of Biscay.
What the infectious disease consultant needs to know is what exactly I had, so he can rule out any long term adverse effects it might have had on me, and I really cannot remember who did our jabs, but I doubt it was a civvy GP as mine was in Whitby North Yorkshire, unless the RFA brought in a GP?
I know it might be a long shot after 28 years but if anyone knows who I can ask I would really appreciate it, as for the Lyme we believe that has happened in the last 5 years, and has just amplified the previous neuro problems, and was not the trigger to my ill health.
Many thanks for
 
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Not sure if there is an RFA equivalent of INM where records are kept. As civilians, your medical care is through the NHS and not the MOD. Might be worthwhile contacting the RFA CoC regarding this.
 
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Like I say a few snippets keep coming back, I think if my memory is right, us RFA starters were given our first set of vaccinations at the National Sea Training College in Gravesend in January 1985 before we left in March, I will call the RFA to find out, many thanks for all of your support, it has been nice to hear from other fellow sailors.
I was saddened to see the Bayleaf broken up in Turkey last year, and all the other ships :-(
 

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I was on HMS Boxer for three Armilla patrols between 84-88 and whilst it may have been different for the RFAs operating in the NAG, I don't actually recall having any extra jabs beyond the usual Yellow Fever. I seem to recall we were given anti-malaria tablets, which had to be taken to a strictly timed regime.

We certainly carried NAPs and atropine autojets but they were never issued in anger. We had a couple of spurious (?) chemical alarms sound whilst Iraq was battling with Iran in the Shatt al Arab region, when we were operating in the Northern Arabian Gulf, but that's about it.
 
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Just thought I would bring this up to date, I applied for my service and medical records from the RFA, and sadly they are all lost, make form that what you will, even my GP made an application for them and was left empty handed.
Apparently when the RFA moved from London to Portsmouth all service and medical records were put into TNT storage at Bicester, and mine were subsequently lost, no idea what to do now, even the woman I spoke to at the RFA said and I quote "are you sure you served with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary?".
You couldn't make it up
 
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It is nothing to do with suing anyone, I am very ill, and without knowing exactly what I was given that has had an adverse affect on me, the specialists cannot try to find a solution, where did I ever say I wanted to take legal action?
 
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I was on HMS Boxer for three Armilla patrols between 84-88 and whilst it may have been different for the RFAs operating in the NAG, I don't actually recall having any extra jabs beyond the usual Yellow Fever. I seem to recall we were given anti-malaria tablets, which had to be taken to a strictly timed regime.

We certainly carried NAPs and atropine autojets but they were never issued in anger. We had a couple of spurious (?) chemical alarms sound whilst Iraq was battling with Iran in the Shatt al Arab region, when we were operating in the Northern Arabian Gulf, but that's about it.
NJ you are correct

Yellow Fever (probably) - every 10yrs
Cholera (possibly) - every 6 months but only if landing in cholora area
Typhiod (A&B) and Tenanus - TAB(T) every 3 years
Polio

and that would have been your lot - at least I can't remeber carrying anything else in the Sick Bay. I can't remember ever giving Hep A or Diphtheria vaccinations for a deployment and Heaf Test for TB was done on Entry.

Malaria tabs only if going in to Mombassa or other malarial area (probably paludrin / choloroquine).
 
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