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Vaccines recommended for your Destination


Here you can find out which vaccinations are requiring or recommended for the areas you'll be visiting.

Hepatitis B Vaccination

on 06 May 2022

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended if you travel to parts of the world where hepatitis B is common, especially if you are doing activities that increase the risk of infection.

Read more! Hepatitis B Disease

Behaviours or travel plans that put you at risk include:

• may have unprotected sex.

• may be directly exposed to blood, such as healthcare professionals or.

• may be exposed to infected needles by injection of medication or as a result of access to medical or dental care, eg those traveling for medical care.

• Participates in contact sports.

• are long stay travelers in areas of high or intermediate prevalence.

Hepatitis B vaccination usually involves 3 injections. Depending on how quickly you need protection, it can extend for up to 6 months or just 3 weeks. Combined hepatitis A and hepatitis B are also available if you are likely to be at risk for these conditions in your destination.

Length of protection

Protection against chronic hepatitis B infection lasts 20-30 years or longer.

Disadvantages of the vaccine

The most common effects are usually mild and last for 1-2 days. Serious allergic reactions after vaccination are rare, but can be life-threatening. Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction may include rash, swelling of the face and throat, difficulty breathing, fast heart beat, dizziness and weakness.

Vaccine dosage and schedule

Vaccine and Brand Name Schedule Age range
Engerix B® Monovalent hepatitis B (20mcg/1ml) 3 doses: 0, 1 and 6 months From 16 years
Very rapid schedule of 4 doses: 0, 7 and 21 days; 4th dose at 12 months Very rapid schedule: Adults, 18 years and above
HBVAXPRO Adult® Monovalent hepatitis B (10mcg/ml) 3 doses: 0, 1 and 6 months 16 years and older
Accelerated schedule: 0, 1 and 2 months; a 4th dose at 12 months can be considered for those in certain risk categories
Twinrix Adult® Combined hepatitis A (720ELISA units) and B (20mcg) 3 doses: 0, 1 and 6 months Adults and children from 16 years of age
Very rapid schedule of 4 doses: days 0, 7 and 21; 4th dose at 12 months Adults, 18 years and above

Accelerated hepatitis B vaccination schedule

The rapid vaccine schedule for the combined hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccine, Twinrix, requires vaccine doses on days 0, 7 and 21; To improve long-term resistance, a booster should be given for 12 months. Read more! Hepatitis B Disease


Hepatitis B might be acquired during medical tourism.


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Last Updated: 06 May 2022
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