Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B Vaccine for Travel

What is Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is an infectious disease caused by the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). It is highly contagious and can cause acute or chronic infection, with chronic infection dramatically increasing the risk of liver cancer and other severe liver diseases. Hepatitis B can be transmitted through contact with infected bodily fluids, such as blood and semen.

How to Prevent Hepatitis B?

In addition to vaccination, basic precautions such as avoiding unprotected sex, using sterile needles or syringes when necessary and practicing good hygiene when near infected individuals are essential for preventing hepatitis B. 

Is Hepatitis B Vaccine Necessary?

While hepatitis B can be prevented through a highly effective vaccine, there is no known cure for chronic hepatitis B. This highlights the importance of the hepatitis B vaccine, which is typically administered in three doses over a six-month period, with full protection achieved in more than 90% of recipients. 

To find out if your destination(s) require the Hepatitis B vaccine, consult a Rockdoc Travel Medicine Professional here.

We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the provided information, however, it is not feasible for us to update daily. Please book a virtual consultation with one of our Travel Medicine Professionals for current, personalized advice and answers to any questions you may have.

Is Hepatitis B Serious Disease?

Symptoms of Hepatitis B include:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dark urine
  • Light coloured stool
  • Jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Joint pain
  • Fever

Hepatitis B symptoms can range from mild to severe. In some cases, people infected with HBV may not have any symptoms at all.

However, untreated hepatitis B can lead to life-threatening conditions such as liver failure or liver cancer.

Available travel vaccinations and medications

We offer the following travel vaccinations and medications:

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