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Is Hep B vaccine required for healthcare workers in the UK?

Hepatitis Travel Vaccination in Streatham

Healthcare workers are frequently exposed to a wide variety of germs, bacteria, and viruses. To keep our vital frontline workers healthy, special care is taken to keep medical settings safe and clean. Any plan a workplace has for preventing the spread of diseases among healthcare workers will include required and recommended vaccinations.

Local risk assessments will need to be made at each location to determine which vaccines are required for healthcare staff. Exposure risks will vary from setting to setting so what may be required in one place of work may not be at others.

Vaccines for Health Workers

Vaccines do more than just protect healthcare workers. They protect patients, patient’s families, immunosuppressed individuals, and the wider community. The more widely people are vaccinated against diseases, the less likely there will be disruptions to work and daily life. With so much strain on our NHS, it’s vital that staff are fit and healthy to go to work.

All staff should be up to date with routine vaccinations like polio, MMR, and tetanus. Covid-19 is another immunisation that most healthcare settings require. Any other required vaccines will be determined through occupational health assessments.

Even if certain vaccines aren’t a requirement where you work, you should still consider getting any vaccinations that are recommended for your employment. This includes the Hepatitis B vaccine.

Hepatitis B Vaccine for Healthcare Workers

The Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for anyone working in a setting where there’s a risk of infection. This can be through the bites of patients, needlestick injury, or through direct exposure to contaminated blood.

Hepatitis B is a potentially deadly infection that affects the liver. It can lead to chronic liver diseases and increases the risk of liver failure and cancer. In addition to proper health and safety practices, the Hepatitis B vaccine is a highly effective way to prevent infection. The Hepatitis B vaccine offers nearly 100% protection against the virus

Hepatitis Travel Vaccination in Streatham and Walsall

It’s not just healthcare workers who are at risk of hepatitis B. Travellers should also consider getting vaccinated to protect themselves abroad, especially if visiting a developing region with limited medical facilities.

You can book fast and convenient hepatitis travel vaccination appointments in Camberley, Sydenham, and Ramsgate through Touchwood Pharmacy’s online portal.