“Hepatitis B is an infectious disease which is prevalent in large areas of the world, including parts of Africa, Asia and South America.”
- Single injection, given either 1 or 5 years after your initial course of vaccinations
- Side effects are rare
- Choose the time and day to get the injection
You will need a booster vaccine five years after a 6-month hepatitis B course, and one year after a 1-month hepatitis B course.
Who should get the booster?
You should get the booster vaccine five years after being initially vaccinated against hepatitis B, or following a blood test which shows your immunity is low. This will ensure that you continue to be immune.
You should also have a booster 12 months after a one month "rapid course" of hepatitis B immunisation.
How the vaccine works
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, or protect you against any other type of liver infection.
Most patients experience no side effects from this booster 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 booster vaccination.
What is hepatitis B?
You can catch hepatitis B by coming into contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person. This could happen through having 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.
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.
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