Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver caused through exposure to infected blood and other bodily fluids. Hep B is found globally, but the high-risk areas include some parts of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
A person can contract Hepatitis B by having unprotected sex, sharing needles, having piercings or tattoos with non-sterilised equipment,and also sharing toothbrushes or razors.
Risk areas for Hepatitis B
Common Symptoms of Hepatitis B:
Before you go on your travels, book an appointment with our travel experts to discuss the need for a vaccine. If the vaccine is not administered, Hepatitis B infection can last upwards of 2-4 months. In severe cases, 1 in 250 people may develop eventual liver failure which can be life-threatening.
There is currently no known cure for Hepatitis B. If contracted, symptoms will naturally get better after a couple of months with the right amount of rest and recuperation. Therefore experts highly recommended vaccination to avoid contraction.
A combined vaccination of Hepatitis A & B is also available if deemed appropriate by our travel expert.
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