Hepatitis A is no longer available
Hepatitis Shortage 2017/2018
There is currently a global shortage of hepatitis A and B vaccine.
Hepatitis is a viral infection of the liver which can cause long term complications.
It is spread through contaminated water and food, especially shellfish or through person to person contact where personal hygiene is poor (faecal-oral route).
Supplies of the vaccine are being issued under dose sparing recommendations and guidance by Public Health England.
There is currently no available Hepatitis or alternative combined vaccine available across the UK and globally there is a severe shortage.
Manufacturers are working hard to restore supplies for 2018.
Most travelling public are at risk of Hepatitis A via contaminated food and water therefore, prevention is focused on ensuring that food and water are safe.
- Avoidance of foodstuffs such as shellfish, salads, unwashed fruit and vegetables and raw or undercooked meat products are essential.
- Drink only bottled water or filtered water.
- Personal hygiene when eating and drinking is very important. Where possible, wash hands prior to handling food, eating and always after using the toilet. Handwashing facilities may be poor or not available when travelling, therefore it is advisable to carry sanitising gel or hand wipes at all times.
- Ensure that clean dishes, cups and utensils are used; use alcohol wipes to clean them if necessary.
- If using street vendors, where possible, choose food that is freshly cooked to a high temperature and served immediately while still hot.
Whilst vaccine is unavailable:
The clinic has a good selection of sanitising products and water filters to help protect against Hepatitis A.
Anyone wanting Hepatitis A vaccine will have to check first by email before booking an appointment to avoid disappointment.