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How old to you have to be to have the vaccine?
The vaccine can be given to those aged 11 years and over.
How long does immunity last for?
Immunity is thought to be lifelong. However it is generally recommended to have a booster single dose 15 years after vaccination.
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Transmission can be caused by the use of contaminated needles, blood products or unprotected sexual contact. The infection can lead to severe liver problems and is often fatal. Hepatitis B is 100 times more infectious than HIV.
Immunisation is available but not routinely recommended for travelers unless they’re likely to be at increased risk through work or other activities.
What are the signs and symptoms of Hepatitis B?
- mild fever,
- flu-like symptoms,
- gastro-intestinal upset (such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea),
- abdominal pain
- and jaundice (yellow skin and eyes)
Where are the risk areas?
Hepatitis B occurs worldwide. Areas where there is a higher risk of exposure include:
- Eastern Europe,
- South and Central America,
- South East Asia
- and many islands in the South Pacific.
More information on the vaccines that we use can be found by clicking on: http://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/PIL.17486.latest.pdf (16+ years), and http://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/PIL.25186.latest.pdf (11+years).