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Viral Hepatitis: 8 Self-Defence Tips for Travellers

Viral Hepatitis: 8 Self-Defence Tips for Travellers


You might think that a virus is unavoidable and some are, but viral hepatitis is preventable and you can protect against it many different ways. One of the key elements in the management of hepatitis is the hepatitis vaccination. Touchwood Pharmacy offers the hepatitis travel vaccination in Ramsgate and the Hepatitis vaccination at our travel clinic in Bromley.

Prevention of Hepatitis

To truly protect against hepatitis, it is first important to understand who is most at risk. Risk can be related to both lifestyle choices and location. Those who are at high risk include:

·         those travelling to areas with poor sanitation

·         those who have unprotected sex

·         those with multiple sexual partners

·         Heavy drinkers

·         Hospital and care home workers

·         Those with kidney disease and on long-term dialysis


8 self-defence tips for travellers

  • Have the vaccination for hepatitis A and B.
  • Know your destination- our pharmacist can discuss sensible precautions if you are travelling to high-risk areas.
  • Keep your hands clean by washing them regularly  in warm, soapy water. If this is not possible, use a hand sanitiser gel frequently.
  • Watch what you eat, avoiding uncooked foods, foods from stalls in the street, raw foods like salads and shellfish.
  • Only drink bottled water and purchase from a source you can trust where the seal on the bottle is unbroken.
  • Always use condoms during sexual intercourse.
  • Avoid unless absolutely necessary any medical intervention which involves needles or sharps
  • Avoid any exposure to blood through injuries or wounds

Hepatitis A is caused by the hepatitis A virus and is usually caught by eating food and consuming liquids in areas where sanitation is poor where they have been contaminated with the faeces of an infected person. Hepatitis B is caused by the hepatitis B virus which is spread via the blood of an infected person.

If you are looking for hepatitis travel vaccination clinics in Bromley then contact Touchwood Pharmacy. We also offer the hepatitis vaccination at our travel clinic in Ramsgate  Find out more information on our website.  https://www.touchwoodpharmacy.com/