Hepatitis B: Everything You Need to Know

Overseas travellers are at risk of contracting hepatitis B. Get protected with the hepatitis B vaccine, and travel safely. 

What is hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is an infectious disease which affects the liver. The virus is transmitted via blood and other bodily fluids. 

Many adults with hepatitis B won’t experience any major symptoms and will fight off the virus within a few months. However, if symptoms do develop, they might include: 

  • Flu-like symptoms (high temperature, headache, achy muscles) 
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach pains
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes).

Children are particularly at risk of developing serious, life-threatening symptoms. If left untreated, hepatitis B can cause long term liver damage, or liver cancer. 

What is the hepatitis B vaccine?

The hepatitis B vaccine consists of three doses administered over the course of a month, three months, or up to six months. Here at the London Vaccination Clinic, we highly recommend the hepatitis B vaccine to travellers visiting high-risk countries, including sub-Saharan Africa and east Asia.

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Watch our short YouTube video for more information on hepatitis B. Our CEO and specialist immunisation and travel health nurse, Katy Peters tells you everything you need to know. 

Want to travel safely and confidently? Speak to us today.