Hepatitis B Vaccine
Get your Hepatitis B vaccine in Leicester and Nuneaton as you travel across the world.
Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver that comes as a result of the hepatitis B virus. You can easily prevent it by having a vaccination. Consider getting the hepatitis B vaccine in Leicester and Nuneaton before you travel abroad this season.
The virus that causes the hepatitis B infection is typically found in bodily fluids. These fluids include the blood of a person who has the infection.
Hepatitis B vaccine is routinely accessible as part of the NHS vaccination schedule. It’s also provided to those who are at a higher risk of acquiring the infection or its complications (liver cirrhosis, liver cancer).
How is hepatitis B spread?
There are various ways Hepatitis B can be spread, including:
- From a mother to her newborn baby, especially in the areas where the infection is widespread
- Drug injection and needle sharing
- Engaging in unprotected sex with the infected person
- Using unsterilised equipment for body piercing, having a tattoo, and medical or dental treatment
- Transfusing blood in regions where hepatitis B blood testing isn’t available
- Sharing razors and toothbrushes that are contaminated with the infected blood
- An open wound or scratch exposure to contaminated blood
You cannot spread hepatitis B by sharing crockery and utensils, kissing, sneezing, holding hands, coughing, or hugging.
Even though you can find Hepatitis B around the globe, it’s most common in:
- The Indian subcontinent
- The Pacific Islands
- Parts of South America
- Sub-Saharan Africa
- East and Southeast Asia
- The Middle East
- Southern parts of eastern and central Europe
Most cases of hepatitis B reported in the UK are from people who acquired the infection in widespread areas prior to moving to the United Kingdom.
Below is a list of people who should get the vaccination against hepatitis B:
It’s important that all babies get the vaccination against hepatitis B infection for protection.
- If you or your partner injects drugs
- Those who change sexual partners regularly
- Men who engage in sex with men
- Babies born to mothers with the infection
- Sexual partners or close family members of an infected person
- Those who regularly do blood transfusions
- People with various forms of chronic kidney or liver disease
- Travellers going to high-risk countries
- Female and male sex workers
- Those whose work exposes them to body fluids or blood
- People who adopt or foster children from countries where hepatitis B is widespread
Get in touch with Leicester Travel Clinic today to get your hepatitis B vaccine in Leicester and Nuneaton.