The Health Protection Scotland (HPS) Travel and International Health team have revised the hepatitis B recommendations for medical staff on all TRAVAX individual country pages.
The hepatitis B virus is found worldwide therefore every country featured on TRAVAX has a hepatitis B recommendation. In addition, there is an indication on each county page as to the estimated risk category based on estimated prevalence for hepatitis B. High risk is determined as 8% or greater, intermediate risk is between 2–7%, while low risk is less than 2%.
The types of traveller that should be considered for hepatitis B vaccination are:
- frequent travellers
- long stay travellers
- those more likely to be exposed, such as children from cuts and scratches
- those more at risk of injury and accidents, such as climbers, backpackers, adventure travellers etc
- individuals with underlying conditions who may need surgical procedures abroad
- those travelling for medical procedures abroad
- those at occupational risk, such as healthcare workers
More information on hepatitis can be found on the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.