I'm travelling to South America, New Zealand, Australia and South East Asia come October. I've been to the doctor and he assured me that I have all the injections that I will need for my trip. However, I haven't had my hep b injection. He told me that this wouldn't be necessary but my friend that I am travelling with has been told to get his. Does anybody know whether I should insist on getting my hep b? I'm conscious that you have to get three injections over a period of time so I will have to get it sorted asap if necessary..
Hello Sarah and welcome to Travelblog!
I've had the three Hep A/B needles (called Twinrix). The third injection gives you the 20 year protection against Hep A and at least a decade from Hep B. The most important is to get the second injection prior to leaving (it is after one month) as this gives you a strong level of protection. The final dose is administered six months later.
I personally would get these shots. Considering the long term benefits it brings, you might as well get it, as there are plenty of places in the world where it is recommended.
Ok, thats great. I'll get on to my doctor right away. Thank you so much for your help!
You are welcome - best to err on the side of caution with your health when travelling, just like one should err on the side of packing less.
Advise, go and get it...Hep B is transmetted through sex and saliva...meaning you can technically get it in a lift (by somebody sneezing...don't want to be mis-understood here)...its pretty easy to get...and you can as Shane is you can get A and B at the same time.