About Hepatitis B Vaccine
Hepatitis B is a virus is a potentially dangerous virus that can be transmitted through bodily fluids, semen, sharing needles, injection equipment and potentially transferred from mother to baby during birth. Although most Americans are vaccinated against Hepatitis B when they are in infancy, it is encouraged that before any international travel that you check your vaccination records to see if you have received the vaccination or not.
The hepatitis B vaccine is comprised of components of the Hepatitis virus itself, but in a weaker form. It cannot therefore cause a Hepatitis infection. In its weaker form, the virus can be fought off by the body’s immune system, which then creates a resistance to the disease. The vaccine is offered to those perceived to be at risk of getting infected by the virus including those traveling internationally to regions where Hepatitis B is a potential threat.
What does the vaccine defend against?
The Hepatitis B vaccine is used by medical professionals to prevent Hepatitis B and its consequences, which include liver cirrhosis, liver cancer, and several other liver complications. This vaccine is administered to infants, young adults, and adults who may have not received the vaccination in infancy. MyConciergeMD vaccine clinic recommends that the vaccine be administered to infants who are 6 months old, children and adolescents who are younger than 19 years of age and have not been vaccinated, and adults who are at risk of getting infected by the virus.
Why it is important for travelers to get vaccinated?
Travelers are at a higher risk of getting infected by Hepatitis B virus primarily if traveling to a country where the immunization isn’t available or required by physicians to administer at birth or shortly thereafter. Our physicians and medical consultants strongly encourage receiving this vaccination especially if a patient or patients have not previously been vaccinated against the virus.
At MyConciergeMD our vaccine clinic recommends that those traveling to areas with a high risk of exposure should ensure they are vaccinated before setting out to travel approximately 4-6 weeks before travel. You can visit our clinic and get the Hepatitis B vaccination to learn more about vaccinations needed for international travel or to receive the Hepatitis B vaccine and others needed. Our highly trained and professional staff are equipped with both the equipment as well as the skill to ensure that you are protected.
How is Hepatitis B vaccination administered?
In case you are traveling to a high-risk area and need to get a vaccination, MyConciergeMD vaccine clinic recommends that you consult one of our quality health providers or visit our clinic at least 4-6 weeks before you travel. The Hepatitis B vaccine is readily available at our clinic and takes a series of three shots to get protected from Hepatitis B for a lifetime. When administering it to adolescents aged 11 through to 15, there is an accelerated dosage series. You do not need to restart the vaccine in case you missed out on any of the shots. Our physicians at our clinic will help you map out a proper schedule in case you missed out on any shot, or are unsure of your vaccine history.
Countries where the Hepatitis B virus vaccine highly Encouraged
The Risk of hepatitis B in international travelers isn’t at an alarming rate and is generally low. Travelers going to regions where the prevalence of chronic Hepatitis B is high such as Central, East and West Africa, and the Philippines, are usually at a higher risk. Other countries including Europe and Canada, at times, require proof of vaccination history. We are happy to explain these requirements to you at our vaccination clinic.
Where can I get vaccinated?
In case you are traveling to a high-risk area, or you just want to find out more information about the Hepatitis B virus, prevention, and vaccine, you can contact or visit MyConciergeMD vaccine clinic for more information. Our physicians have been specially trained to provide high-quality care in the prevention against Hepatitis B. Our office is conveniently located in Los Angeles and designed to comfortably accommodate you, your family and/or loved ones during an appointment or consultation. Let us know what you need and contact one of our friendly customer service representatives today to learn more about travel vaccinations offered.