Hampshire Travel & Vaccination Clinic

HEPATITIS A UPDATE: THE VACCINE IS STILL UNAVAILABLE

Due to the global shortage of the Hepatitis A vaccine, we are still out of stock and unable to order any in. As soon as this changes we will update the website.

We are currently making a waiting list if you would like to call the clinic and leave your name and number with us, and we can contact you when we have some in stock.

 

We offer a fast, flexible travel health service designed to meet your personal needs. Our clinic is open from Tuesday - Friday from 9am to 5pm and if you require an appointment, please call the team on 01243 388717 or click here to use our contact form.

 

Our travel clinic is accredited by the Care Quality Commission, and we are Yellow Fever Registered. We also provide the Meningitis B Vaccine.

 

Hepatitis A vaccine shortage

During this shortage additional advice is available - see full article below

 

 

What's the risk for overseas travellers?


Hepatitis A is a viral liver disease for which vaccination is routinely offered to people planning to travel to parts of the world where hepatitis A is endemic. Although unpleasant, hepatitis A is not usually serious if contracted, with the majority making a full recovery in around two months.

 

However, illness may persist for several months and, in rare instances, it can cause life-threatening liver failure.

In areas of the world where hepatitis A is more common it is routinely contracted in childhood (under 6 years of age), when the symptoms may be so mild as to go unremarked, and such children will then go on to develop a lifelong immunity to further disease.

 

 

Estimated Hepatitis A prevalence worldwide [Source: U.S.CDC]

 

In areas of the world where hepatitis A is less common due to improved sanitation levels, the chances of contracting the disease as a child are lower, and thus the chances of acquiring immunity are much reduced.  For those who then travel as adults to higher risk areas their chance of catching the disease is increased.  For those over 50 years of age there is also increased risk of more serious fulminant hepatitis A infection.

 

 

Estimated adult susceptibility rate to Hepatitis A worldwide [Source: WHO]

 

This is why vaccination is provided for unprotected persons travelling from low risk to high risk areas, but at the time of writing there is an international shortage of hepatitis A vaccine, which has led to rationing and non-availability(see p.8 here).

 

 

 

One of the principal ways by which hepatitis A is caught is from drinking contaminated water.  To reduce the risk of infection an aquapure traveller will purify drinking water containing hepatitis A, as well as a broad spectrum of other waterborne viruses, bacteria, parasitic protozoa (cysts) and helminths (worms), and will also protect against heavy metals, pesticides and volatile organic compounds that can contaminate water sources.

 

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Did you know?

In 2012 more than 1400 travellers returning to the UK were diagnosed with malaria and tragically, two died.

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