TRAVEL & IMMUNISATION CLINIC

HEPATITIS A

What is Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a highly infectious virus that can cause inflammation of the liver. The virus is usually transmitted through food or water contaminated by human faeces or by direct contact with an infectious person. Hepatitis A is rare in the UK with most cases occurring in travellers who have recently visited countries where the disease is common.

Signs & Symptoms

The symptoms of hepatitis A develop, on average, around 4 weeks after becoming infected, although not everyone will get them.

 

Symptoms can include:

  • Feeling tired and generally unwell

  • Joint and muscle pain

  • A raised temperature

  • Loss of appetite

  • Feeling or being sick

  • Pain in the upper right part of your tummy

  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)

  • Dark pee and pale poo

  • Itchy skin

  • The symptoms will usually pass within a couple of months.

Locations

Areas with high levels of infection include: the Indian subcontinent, Sub-Saharan and North Africa, parts of the Far East, South and Central America, and the Middle East.

Prevention

Hepatitis A is a vaccine preventable disease

 

As the most common mode of infection in travellers is consumption of contaminated food or water. The risk of acquiring hepatitis A can be reduced by ensuring good personal hygiene and following advice on the prevention of food and water-borne diseases.

Nisha Berry MRPharmS IP

Nisha is a highly experienced clinical pharmacist, with extra qualifications in travel-vaccinations. She completed her degree at the University of Aston, and has since worked at and managed a variety of busy community pharmacies across London and Essex. She has also completed her post-graduate training and is a qualified independent prescriber.
Nisha is the clinic lead for our Travel Clinic, and she will be responsible for the prescription and delivery of all vaccinations.

WHAT WILL WE PROVIDE

Free Consultation and Travel Advice with an experienced Pharmacist

A Comprehensive Range of Vaccinations and Aftercare

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