Hepatitis B is an acute infection of the liver. It is usually spread through contaminated blood via sexual intercourse, needle sharing, blood transfusions and injections. The virus can also be passed from mother to baby. Tattooing, body piercing and acupuncture are other ways in which the virus may be spread.
Hepatitis B occurs worldwide. Areas where there is a higher risk of exposure to hepatitis B include Eastern Europe, Russia, India, China, South and Central America, Africa, South East Asia and many south pacific islands.
The illness in all forms of hepatitis is similar, however, infection with hepatitis B is more serious than hepatitis A. Symptoms include mild fever, gastrointestinal upset, nausea/vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. Jaundice may also occur.
The illness lasts for about six months. Occasionally, the virus can persist for more than six months in individuals who become chronically infected with hepatitis B. These individuals may be referred to as carriers. Up to a quarter of individuals who are carriers have progressive liver disease which can cause cirrhosis and cancer of the liver.
Acute hepatitis B is treated symptomatically. Individuals who are diagnosed with hepatitis B are usually monitored closely for any signs of liver failure
Recommendations for Travellers
Hepatitis B is a vaccine-preventable disease. Travellers at risk should consider vaccination. This includes those who will be visiting areas where there is high risk of exposure to the virus..Risk is linked to behaviour - any activity causing contact with blood or body fluids can put you at risk.
Individuals should avoid risky behaviour e.g. unprotected sex, tattoos, piercings, visiting traditional barbers in high risk destinations. Dental and surgical procedures should also be avoided in high risk areas.
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We provide vaccinations by appointment at our clinics in Farnborough in Hampshire and Woking in Surrey. If inconvenient, please contact us to take advantage of our Mobile Clinic service.
Price per dose:
Standard: £45.00 Triple dose course
Accelerated: £45.00 Four dose course
Standard £30.00 Triple dose course
Accelerated £30.00 Two dose course
Can be administered through varying dose courses please contact us for more information
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