Hepatitis B vaccine
Hepatitis B is an infectious liver disease caused by the hepatitis B virus. Those at risk of being exposed to body fluids such as blood, saliva, semen and vaginal fluid infected with hepatitis B can choose to be vaccinated against it.
Who should have the Hep B jab?
High risk groups include:
- people who have sex with people with the disease or who share needles or drug paraphernalia with them.
- people in high risk professions such as nurses, prison wardens, doctors, dentists and laboratory staff.
- people who have had blood transfusions
- people with existing liver or kidney diseases
- people travelling to high risk countries.
If you’re in a high risk group, GP surgeries and sexual health or GUM clinics will generally give you a hepatitis B vaccination free.
Is it serious?
Hepatitis B rarely kills but it is 100 times more infectious than HIV.
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Page created on August 12th, 2010
Page updated on September 6th, 2010