Hepatitis B Vaccine

What Is Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is a contagious virus that is transmitted through blood, blood products, and other body fluids (such as semen).
Travelers can become infected through,Unprotected sex with an infected person,Injection drug use,Transfusions with unscreened blood or Body fluids of someone who has the hepatitis B virus

What is Hepatitis B Vaccine and Why should Travelers get the vaccine?

It takes only a few shots to protect yourself and your loved ones against hepatitis B for a lifetime.
The hepatitis B vaccine is also known as the first “anti-cancer” vaccine because it prevents hepatitis B, the leading cause of liver cancer worldwide. The risk to most travelers is low, but travelers could become infected if they have sex with an infected person, receive a transfusion of unscreened blood, have medical or dental procedures, get tattoos or piercings or receive acupuncture with needles that are not sterile

Who Should Get a Hepatitis B Vaccine?

The hepatitis B vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine that recommended for all infants and children up to age 18 years by the World Health Organization (WHO).Hepatitis B vaccine is usually given as 2, 3, or 4 shots. Infants should get their first dose of hepatitis B vaccine at birth and will usually complete the series at 6 months of age (sometimes it will take longer than 6 months to complete the series).Children and adolescents younger than 19 years of age who have not yet gotten the vaccine should also be vaccinated.

Hepatitis B Symptoms

  1. Abdominal pain
  2. Dark urine
  3. Fever
  4. Joint pain
  5. Loss of appetite
  6. Nausea and vomiting
  7. Weakness and fatigue
  8. Yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)

How to reduce of Spreading or Catching the Hepatitis B virus?

  1. Do not take unsafe inject. 
  2. Prevent yourself from unprotected sex
  3. If you do get tattoos or get Hepatitis B piercings, make sure equipment is sterile.
  4. If you receive medical or dental care, make sure the equipment is disinfected or sanitized

How Hepatitis Strains Spread

 CONTAMINATED
FOOD OR WATER
SEXUAL CONTACTBLOOD/BODILY
FLUIDS
CONTAMINATED
MEDICAL ITEMS
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis C
Hepatitis D
Hepatitis E