According to the World Health Organisation, there are 2.6 million new cases of illness due to Hepatitis each year worldwide. Ensure you are not a statistic and get yourself immunised with the Hepatitis vaccine.
Hepatitis is a dangerous virus-borne disease that spreads through contaminated food and water. It causes acute inflammation of the liver. People with Hepatitis infection can transmit this disease primarily through contact with blood or lymphatic fluids. It can also be easily transmitted through sexual contact, blood transfusions and through contaminated needles from IV drug use, acupuncture, and tattooing.
Countries at risk
Hepatitis occurs across the globe but predominantly is seen in continents like Africa, Asia, Central and South America. It's recurrently present in countries like Africa, Indonesia, China, Korea, the Philippines, the Middle East, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the Amazon River Basin. Countries like, Russia, Japan, South West Asia, Eastern and Southern Europe have witnessed less occurrences of hepatitis. Planning to visit a country where Hepatitis is a risk? Get vaccinated for Hepatitis vaccination and have a safe journey ahead.
- Adult travelers are recommended to get a full course of three shots of Hepatitis vaccine before their departure.
- Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B are available together in a 3-shot-series vaccine thus saving several pricks.
- Two booster shots are required for Hepatitis vaccine in order to be fully effective.
- The first hepatitis B booster vaccine is given one month after the initial dose, the second one after six months. Once all doses have been given, the vaccine will provide you with lifetime of protection.
Unlike other vaccines, hepatitis B vaccination provides at least partial protection two weeks after the first dose. This means you can begin your series of jabs before your trip and complete it once you return.
Signs & Symptoms
Common noticed symptoms in hepatitis are fever, abnormal weight loss, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, yellow discoloration of the skin and eyes, muscular aches and abdominal pain.
Drink only bottled water or water that has been treated using a quality filter. Avoid using ice from an unknown water source. Avoid uncooked food at any cost. Eat fruits that you can peel. Ensure that food is freshly cooked and served hot. Carry a personal hand sanitizer and do not share it with anyone. Avoid alcohol.