Hepatitis B Vaccine • energix
£65 per dose / £195 total course
What is Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B is a type of hepatitis, a viral infection which can cause damage to the liver. Unlike hepatitis A, the hepatitis B virus is not usually transmitted via contaminated water but rather from person to person. It is often passed during sex or when using contaminated needles and medical equipment. Hepatitis B has a long incubation period of 30 – 180 days and is often symptomless.
Possible hepatitis B symptoms are feeling or being sick, tiredness, and headache as well as flu-like symptoms. Some patients also develop a yellowing of skin and eyes, which is called jaundice. The infection can persist for a long time and become chronic hepatitis B, resulting in liver damage and failure.
If you are traveling to an area where hepatitis B is a common illness, you require a hepatitis B vaccine. The same goes for healthcare workers and medical professionals, who are more likely to be exposed to the infection.
According to the World Health Organisation, approximately 600,000 people die every year as a result of hepatitis B. The hepatitis B vaccine is 95% effective in preventing infection and its chronic consequences.
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COURSE/WHEN TO DO IT?
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST/WHEN IS BOOSTER NEEDED?
- You need to get the first dose at least one month before travel.
- The course consists of three doses. The second injection is given four weeks after the first and the third injection
- If travelling at short notice, you may be able to get an accelerated course. You will receive the second injection after seven days, followed by the third injection at least 14 days after the second.
- You usually won’t need another booster for five years.
HOW IS IT GIVEN?
Injection in the upper arm.
- Possible side effects include soreness at the injection site and tiredness.