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HEPATITIS B

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Hepatitis B is a disease which affects the liver. It is associated with chronic liver problems leading to increased risk of liver cancer or cirrhosis. Approximately 350 million people are carriers worldwide, and the general infection rate is far higher in Asia, Africa and China than elsewhere where it can exceed 8% of the population.

Many Hepatitis B infections cause mild symptoms and may not be recognised, however, infected individuals may develop into being life long carriers. Hepatitis B is generally spread through unprotected sex and blood (via blood transfusion, dirty needles, piercing and tattoos etc) but may also be transmitted through body fluids. It is 100 times more infective than HIV. All travellers should consider a course of Hepatitis B vaccines especially if travelling long term, or those working with children and humanitarian aid workers. It is a 3 dose course, given over a 3 week to 6 month period.

HEPATITIS B

AGE OF USEDOSES REQUIREDSCHEDULETIME BEFOFE TRAVELBOOSTER REQUIRED
16 years+3 or 40, 7, 21 days +1 year**Up to day before*5 years

HEPATITIS B PAEDIATRIC

AGE OF USEDOSES REQUIREDSCHEDULETIME BEFOFE TRAVELBOOSTER REQUIRED
Birth +3 or 40, 1, 2, 12 months**Up to day before*5 years

HEPATITIS A & HEPATITIS B COMBINED

AGE OF USEDOSES REQUIREDSCHEDULETIME BEFOFE TRAVELBOOSTER REQUIRED
16 years+30, 7, 21 days +1 year**Up to day before*5 years

*Vaccines work best if given time to become active. This vaccine can be given up to the day before travel and will provide some cover.

**Full protection not given until final dose at 1 year. Will give adequate protection if leaving sooner.

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