Project Description

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is caused by a viral infection of the liver by the hepatitis B virus (BHV). 

Cases occur all over the world but are most common in East Asia and Sub Saharan Africa. of the liver spread by direct contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected person. It occurs worldwide with highest rates reported in parts of East Asia, Sub Saharan Africa, the Amazon, southern, eastern and central Europe, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent

Acute infection may occasionally lead to fulminant hepatic necrosis which is often fatal. 

Transmission is via infected body of bodily fluids from one person to another. This can be through vaginal or anal intercourse, sharing of needles and perinatal transmission from mother to child.

Signs & Symptoms

In the majority of cases of hepatitis B symptoms do not occur.

Symptoms more commonly occur in adults than children and may include:

  • often asymptomatic

  • other symptoms, experienced by adults more often are; jaundice, abdominal pain & loss of appetite. 

  • untreated infection may lead to liver failure 

The Vaccination

Hepatitis B vaccine

Ages (Years) Doses Required Schedule Time before travel Boost required at
2 – 15 3 to 4 (paed) 0, 1, 2months + at 1 year** Up to day before* 5 years
16 – 85 3 to 4 0, 7, 21days + at 1 year** Up to day before* 5 years

*Vaccine most effective if given time to become active. Some immunity will be provided for this vaccine if given up to the day before travel.

** accelerated schedule shown. See Pharmacist for 16-18 years old accelerated schedule

Hepatits A & Hepatitis B Combined vaccine

Ages (Years) Doses Required Schedule Time before travel Boost required at
16 – 85 3 to 4 0, 7, 21 days, + at 1 year** Up to day before* See specialist pharmacist

*Vaccine most effective if given time to become active. Some immunity will be provided for this vaccine if given up to the day before travel.

**accelerated schedule. Full protection not given until final dose at 1 year. Will give adequate protection if leaving sooner.

   Hepatitis B vaccine price

Per dose £48
Course £144 (course of 3)

   Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B combined vaccine price

Per dose £80
Course £240 (course of 3)

   Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B PAEDIATRIC combined vaccine price

Per dose £47.50
Course £95 (course of 2)

  Clinic Hours

Monday Clinician unavailable
Tuesday to Friday 09:00-18:30
Saturday CALL FOR AVAILABILITY
Sunday CLOSED

  01242 522880

  Cheltenham Location

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We offer bookings and walk-in appointments to suit your needs.
Our pharmacists have received specific training in providing travel vaccination services.

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