TRAVAX hepatitis B recommendations updated

10 September 2019

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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.