Hepatitis B

What is it?

Hepatitis B is a type of virus that can infect the liver.

 

How is it spread?

It is spread through infected blood and blood products, contaminated needles and medical instruments and sexual intercourse.

Tattooing, body piercing and acupuncture are other ways in which the virus may be spread.

Risk is higher for those at occupational risk, long stays or frequent travel, children (exposed through cuts and scratches) and individuals who may need, or request, surgical procedures abroad.

 

Advice for Travellers?

Individuals should avoid risky behaviour e.g. unprotected sex, tattoos, piercings, visiting traditional barbers in high risk destinations. Dental and surgical procedures should also be avoided in high risk areas.

Travellers at risk should consider vaccination.

 

For more information on advice on vaccinations and how to minimise your exposure to hepatitis B please call us or visit us in store.

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