“You can catch hepatitis B through having unprotected sex anywhere and from unsterilised medical equipment, or getting a tattoo in a high-risk country.”
- 3 injections over 4 weeks
- Booster given after 12 months
- Side effects are unlikely
Hepatitis B is a serious liver condition, so it is important to get vaccinated if you are going to a high-risk country.
How the vaccine works
The vaccine consists of 3 separate injections given on 3 separate occasions over four weeks. A booster injection should be given 12 months later, to give ongoing immunity.
The vaccine stimulates the body's immune system to fight a possible hepatitis B infection without causing the disease itself. It cannot protect you from hepatitis B if you are already infected. It also cannot protect you against any other type of liver infection, or other types of hepatitis.
Most patients experience no side effects from this vaccine. However, you may experience tenderness at the injection site, fatigue, headache, mild fever, nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite and diarrhoea.
Risk of severe allergic reaction
All LloydsPharmacy staff who provide this service are trained to manage anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction to a vaccine. Symptoms of anaphylaxis can include fainting, shortness of breath, falling blood pressure and swelling of the face and neck. Anaphylaxis is extremely rare and typically happens within ten minutes of receiving the injection.
How do I receive the vaccination?
When you place your order you will be able to choose your nearest vaccinating LloydsPharmacy. We'll supply the opening hours and contact details of your chosen pharmacy when you order. Once we've prescribed your vaccine, you will need to telephone your chosen pharmacy to book an appointment for your first vaccination.
What is hepatitis B?
You can catch hepatitis B by coming into contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person. Hepatitis B infects the liver, and goes on to cause flu-like symptoms, nausea and jaundice. Around one in five people with chronic hepatitis B will develop cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), which can lead to more severe conditions such as liver cancer.
How is hepatitis B spread?
Hepatitis B can be transmitted through unprotected sex with someone who has the virus, as well as through sharing needles, having medical treatment in a developing country where equipment has not been properly sterilised, having a blood transfusion in a country where blood is not screened for hepatitis B, or getting a tattoo or piercing in a developing country or unlicensed place.
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