The word hepatitis means inflammation of the liver cells. It can have many causes, but is commonly caused by viral infections including hepatitis A and B. Hepatitis symptoms include the unpleasant flu-like symptoms of nausea, vomiting, tiredness and joint pains. Hepatitis A is transmitted via the faecal-oral route, and affects more children worldwide than adults possibly due to its links with poor hand hygiene when using the toilet. Hepatitis B tends to be passed on sexually, but is also transmitted via contaminated blood or medical instruments including needles.
Hepatitis treatment tends to be supportive. Treatment may include bed rest, dietary changes and administration of fluids straight into the vein in hospital. Hepatitis A may last for up to two months, and hepatitis B can last for up to four months. Occasionally, hepatitis can lead to permanent scarring of the liver, called cirrhosis. Severe illness on holiday is the last thing you want to consider, and prevention is always better than cure. Attending for the hepatitis A vaccine and the hepatitis B vaccine in Walsall may be one of the best decisions you ever make.
At our Walsall branch of Touchwood Pharmacy, our experienced team of staff are available to offer all aspects of travel health advice. From additional vaccinations to mosquito nets and insect repellents, we can answer your questions knowledgably and reassure you before you travel. In addition to hepatitis travel vaccination, our staff can discuss the benefits of other vaccinations including rabies or typhoid, depending on the details of your trip. With all of our vaccinations offered at a competitive price, you won’t need to go further to meet your health travel needs.
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