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Hepatitis B Virus Worldwide. Get vaccinated for Hepatitis B at Travel Medicine

Hepatitis B Vaccine Information

Travel Medicine Services at MDA located in Westfield, New Jersey offer travel consultations, travel immunizations and medications to help protect you while traveling internationally. You can get vaccinated for Hepatitis B at MDA Travel Medicine.

Hepatitis B is a serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver. The Hepatitis B virus can cause lifelong infection, cirrhosis or scarring of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and death.

Fortunately, Hepatitis B infection can be prevented by vaccination. Hepatitis B vaccines are safe and highly effective in preventing Hepatitis B infection and are now given routinely to newborns and children in the United States and in many other countries. Getting vaccinated against Hepatitis B can also reduce your risk of liver cancer.

Travel Recommendations

Adult travelers are urged to receive a full course of 3 injections before departure. If this is not possible, the Hepatitis B vaccine can be administered on an accelerated schedule. Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B are available together in a 3 series vaccine called Twinrix, saving several needle sticks. Check with your Travel Medicine Specialist to see which vaccine is best for you.

What is the Hepatitis B vaccine series?

The Hepatitis B vaccine series is a sequence of shots that stimulate a person’s natural immune system to protect against the Hepatitis B virus. After the vaccine is given, the body makes antibodies that protect a person against the virus.

Who should get vaccinated against Hepatitis B?

How do you get Hepatitis B?

The Hepatitis B virus is contracted primarily through contact with blood, open wounds and insect bites can play a role in transmission of the Hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis B can be easily transmitted through blood transfusions and through exposure to contaminated needles, for example IV drug use, acupuncture, or tattooing.

How is Hepatitis B diagnosed?

A simple blood test can tell your doctor if you have the Hepatitis B virus now or if you had it in the past. Your doctor also may be able to tell if you have had the vaccine to prevent the virus.

More Information on Hepatitis B

Learn more about Hepatitis B at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention website. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also provides up to date information by country of destination.

Contact Us

Travel Medicine specialists see healthy people who plan to travel to foreign countries or locations where infection risk is higher. In these cases, infectious disease doctors can help you determine whether travel immunizations or other preventive measures are necessary for your destination.

If you are planning a trip in the near future, call one of our convenient locations to make an appointment, and get the travel immunizations you need for a safe and healthy trip.

Travel Medicine Doctors

Office Location

525 Central Avenue, Suite C, Westfield, NJ 07090
Phone: (908) 233-0895 •   Fax: (908) 389-1933
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