Hepatitis B vaccination for travel

Hepatitis B is an infection that causes severe liver damage and is is very common around the globe, particularly in Asia, Africa and India. Before travelling, ensure you get the hepatitis B travel vaccine for you and your family. Along with the right vaccinations, also get the necessary travel insurance that will cover your costs in the event of an emergency.

What is Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is a serious disease transmitted through infected blood. It causes a myriad of symptoms but ultimately infects the liver. There is no cure, but the disease is manageable. Those who have it can lead long and healthy lives, so long as they take care of their health and work to prevent it from spreading.

How long before you travel should you have the Hepatitis B vaccination?

Before travelling to an at-risk destination, you will need to receive the hepatitis B vaccination. If you have not yet had a hepatitis B vaccination, you are at risk. However, if you grew up in the UK, you will have likely have had received protection against hepatitis B in the form of the 6-in-1 vaccine. Check with your GP to see if you need the hepatitis B vaccination, along with other vaccinations. As the hepatitis B vaccine is given to infants, you should wait at least 6 months after your baby's first dose before you travel.

How long does the Hepatitis B vaccination last?

The vaccine lasts at least 20 years, after which time a test can be done to determine whether you need a booster shot.

How often do you need to be vaccinated for Hepatitis B?

This vaccine lasts for a very long time, so long as you were vaccinated before you were six months old. This protection can last decades, and in most healthy people, is enough for their entire lives.

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