Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver caused by a virus, spread through contact with bodily fluids. Vaccination is recommended if you are travelling to parts of the world where Hepatitis B is common such as Africa, Asia, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe. Unprotected sex, drug use or playing contact sports will also increase your risk of contracting a Hepatitis B infection.
The Hepatitis B Vaccine
The vaccine is administered in three doses in your upper arm. The Hepatitis B vaccination is administered in 3 separate doses. These can be spread over a 6-month period, or within 3 weeks if protection is required quickly.
Hepatitis B Boosters
If you have completed a full course of the vaccine, you won’t need boosters for the next five years. Boosters are usually recommended if you have been exposed to the disease.
Are there any side effects of the Hepatitis B vaccine?
Some patients might experience soreness around the area where the jab has been administered. Other side effects include feeling tired.
When to Get the Hepatitis B vaccine?
It is recommended that you get the vaccination before one month of your trip.
When you book in an appointment with one of our GPs, you will be given all the information you need in regards to the vaccine and the precautions to take in order to minimise the risks of being exposed.
Hepatitis B is usually transmitted through the exchange of bodily fluids and it is mostly passed during sexual intercourse and through contaminated needles or other medical equipment. It usually takes anywhere from 60 to 60 days until you notice the first symptoms.
If you contract Hepatitis B, you will notice a range of symptoms similar to the flu. In addition, patients also develop jaundice and if it’s not treated on time, it can lead to liver damage and failure. Other symptoms that patients might develop are rashes, loss of appetite, headaches and nausea.
Who needs the Hepatitis B Vaccine?
People travelling to areas of the world where the disease can be easily contracted are advised to have the vaccine. Some of there placed include Eastern Europe, Russia, India, China, Africa, South East Asia and some parts from the South Pacific Islands.
A combined Hepatitis A + B vaccination is available for those travelling to high-risk areas. Our GPs at Midland Health can help you work out what may be required before you travel and offer a comprehensive travel consultation. The Vaccine is also recommended for healthcare professionals that are more likely to be exposed to the infected people.
- Hepatitis B Vaccine - £40
- Hepatitis A and B vaccine - £65
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