TRAVEL & IMMUNISATION CLINIC

HEPATITIS B

What is Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is a viral infection of the liver spread by direct contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected person.

Increased risk of people catching hepatitis b include:

  • Unprotected sex.

  • Exposure to blood or blood products through occupation, such as healthcare work.

  • Exposure to contaminated needles through injecting drug use, or as a result of accessing medical or dental care, because of needing emergency treatment or those travelling specifically for medical treatment.

  • Participation in contact sports.

  • Adoption of children from risk countries.

  • Long stay travel.

Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms of hepatitis B include:

These symptoms will usually pass within 1 to 3 months (acute hepatitis B), although occasionally the infection can last for 6 months or more (chronic hepatitis B).

 

The vast majority of people infected with hepatitis B in adulthood are able to fight off the virus and fully recover within 1 to 3 months.

 

Although treatment can help, there's a risk that people with chronic hepatitis B could eventually develop life-threatening problems, such as scarring of the liver (cirrhosis) or liver cancer.

Locations

It occurs worldwide with highest rates reported in parts of East Asia and Sub Saharan Africa. Higher rates of infection are also found in the Amazon, southern parts of Eastern and Central Europe, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. The rates of infection in Western Europe and North America are low.

Prevention

Vaccine preventable disease

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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