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Hepatitis B Vaccination


Hepatitis B is an acute infection of the liver. It can be spread through contaminated blood via sexual intercourse, needle sharing, blood transfusions, injections, tattooing, body piercing & acupuncture. The virus can also be passed from mother to baby.

Hepatitis B is a public health problem worldwide. Areas where there is a higher risk of exposure to hepatitis B include Africa, India, China, South and Central America and Southeast Asia.

Summary

age-of-use

Age of Use

16+ years

Doses Required

3 or 4

Schedule

0, 7, 21 days +1 year

Time before Travel

Up to the day before 

Booster Required

5 years

Cost

£37

Paediatric Summary

Age of Use

2+ years

Doses Required

3 or 4

Schedule

0, 1, 2, 12 months

Time before Travel

Up to the day before

Booster Required

5 years

Cost

£30

When is hepatitis B vaccine indicated?

Hepatitis B vaccine is indicated for:

  • Travellers to areas of high or intermediate prevalence who place themselves at risk when abroad. Behaviours that place them at risk include unsafe sexual activity, injecting drug use, undertaking relief aid work, and participating in contact sports.
  • Travellers who plan to remain in areas of high or intermediate prevalence for long periods.
  • Children and others who may require medical care while travelling to visit friends or relatives in high- or moderate-endemicity countries.
  • People with chronic medical conditions who may require hospitalization while overseas.
  • Those travelling for medical care.

When is hepatitis B vaccine contraindicated?

Do not give hepatitis B vaccine if the person:

  • Has a current severe febrile illness.
  • Has had a confirmed anaphylactic reaction to a previous dose of hepatitis B vaccine.
  • Has had a confirmed anaphylactic reaction to a component of hepatitis B vaccine: Engerix B®, Twinrix®, Ambirix®, and Fendrix® contain trace amounts of thiomersal.

What are the adverse effects of hepatitis B vaccine?

Hepatitis B vaccine is generally well tolerated and the most common adverse reactions are soreness and redness at the injection site.
Other reactions that have been reported include fever, rash, malaise, an influenza-like syndrome, arthritis, arthralgia, myalgia, and abnormal liver function tests.

Serious suspected neurological reactions such as Guillain–Barré syndrome and demyelinating disease have been reported, although these have been very rare and a causal relationship with hepatitis B vaccine has not been established.
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Thur: 9:00am - 6:30pm

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Sun: Closed

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t: 01582 591 616
e: customerservice@birdsfootpharmacy.co.uk
Birdsfoot Lane Pharmacy
255 Birdsfoot Lane, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU3 2HX
Superintendent Pharmacist : Mr Rupesh Shah
GPhC Pharmacist Reg No. : 2048914
GPhC Premises Reg No. : 1028845
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