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Shortage of hepatitis A and B-containing vaccines

NOV 01, 2017

Shortage of hepatitis A and B-containing vaccines

There is currently a global shortage of Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, and combination vaccines containing these components. This is due to a manufacturing issue and more stocks are anticipated for the New Year.

As responsible travel health practitioners, we at TrExMed have been asked by Health Protection Scotland to reserve our remaining, limited stock of these vaccines for high-risk patients and/or travel activities.

If you feel you fall into either of these categories, do please let us know and we can see what we can do to help.

In the meantime, the good news is that the risk to travellers of both diseases is reducing.

Indeed the national guidance (in England, Wales and Northern Ireland) for travellers has been amended recently to the effect that Hepatitis A vaccination is no longer recommended as standard for most travellers to certain countries, e.g. Thailand, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Guyana etc.

Furthermore, the main, (non-occupational) risk of hepatitis B infection in travellers by far is via unprotected sex with a new partner, which is inadvisable in any case (without a blood test), and largely avoidable by other means, such as condoms.

©Jim Bond, 26th Oct 2017

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