Hepatitis is a disease which affects the liver, causing the organ to swell. In extreme cases hepatitis can cause liver cancer or scarring. If you are travelling to areas such as Africa, Central and South America, South East Asia, Russian Federation, Southern and Eastern Europe, it’s advisable to be vaccinated before you go.
This vaccine is given as a course of three injections; the second dose one month after the first, followed by a third dose after a further six months. The injections are administered into the muscle of the upper arm in adults, adolescents and older children, and the thigh in infants.
In exceptional circumstances in adults, for example, if travel departure is within a month after starting the vaccination course and there is not enough time for the standard 0, 1, 6-month schedule to be completed, a quicker schedule of three injections at 0, 7 and 21 days may be used. If you are given this faster course, it is recommended that you then have a fourth dose 12 months after your first dose of the vaccine.
Some vaccines remain effective for a lifetime, while others have to be updated after a few years. This vaccine provides immunity against hepatitis A for 10 years and hepatitis B for 5 years. A 'booster' injection can be given 5 years after the first course to provide continued immunity against both viruses. Alternatively, booster vaccines can be given separately; hepatitis B after 5 years and hepatitis A after 10 years.
|Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B combined vaccination||£85 per dose*
(£60 for vaccination + £25 appointment fee to administer the vaccine)
* Patients who require multiple vaccinations within the same appointment are eligible for a £25 discount for each additional vaccine and are only required to pay the £25 appointment fee once. Please check in advance that the combination of vaccines required is clinically recommended and appropriate.
** A £25 deposit is required per patient at the time of booking.