Hepatitis B vaccination

On this page, you can read all about the disease hepatitis B and vaccination against it at Vaccination Point. Are you travelling to a region where you are at risk of infection? Then schedule your appointment at one of our locations on time and travel safely.

What is hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). The virus attacks the liver and can lead to both acute and chronic liver diseases, such as liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. Hepatitis B is transmitted through sexual relations and through blood. Consider blood transfusion in certain countries, used syringes, non-sterile piercing or tattooing. The disease can also be transmitted from mother to child. Hepatitis B is also more common in some population groups. In the Netherlands, these include immigrants, men who have sex with men and people with alternating sexual contacts. Chronic hepatitis B can lead to liver cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer, and can cause death.

Where does it occur?

Hepatitis B occurs worldwide, but the risk of infection varies greatly by region. East and Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, the Amazon region in South America, southern Europe and the Middle East have an increased risk of infection.

Symptoms and risks

Acute hepatitis B can cause symptoms such as fatigue, decreased appetite, muscle and joint pain, fever, jaundice, and sometimes itching. Usually, however, people do not show any symptoms. In 90-95% of adults, acute hepatitis B heals on its own without treatment, after which they are immune and not contagious. Serious complications are rare.

Chronic hepatitis B occurs in 5-10% of infected individuals, but in newborns and small children it is 90%. This form does not heal by itself and can lead to liver cirrhosis, liver fibrosis and liver cancer. In chronic inactive hepatitis B, the virus remains latent without symptoms, but regular monitoring is important.

The incubation period for acute hepatitis B is 2-5 months. However, many people with hepatitis B have no symptoms and may not know they are infected.

Vaccine series

Three doses

Protection duration

Life

Risk areas

Worldwide

Vaccinating against hepatitis B

Vaccination Point is the place to go for hepatitis B vaccination. The hepatitis B vaccination consists of a series of 3 doses spread over six months. After complete vaccination, you are protected against hepatitis B for life.

Vaccination against hepatitis B is never mandatory, but is recommended in high-risk areas.

Combination vaccine
For some travellers, both hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccination are recommended. For this, there is the combination vaccine. This is given in a series of three doses over six months.

Did you know that in addition to hepatitis A as well as hepatitis B, HPV is also a sexually transmitted infection that can be prevented by vaccination? Read here All about the HPV vaccination at Vaccination Point!

Costs and fees

For the current cost of hepatitis B vaccination vaccination, please take a look at the rates page. Please note! These amounts do not include (telephone) consultation fees. Depending on your health insurance, (part of) the vaccination may be reimbursed. See our fees page for possible reimbursement through your insurance.

Make an appointment immediately!

Want to make an appointment for hepatitis B vaccination? You can easily do so at a Vaccination Point location near you! Schedule your appointment now and travel safely. For more information or a consultation, you can also contact us.

Still have questions?

Do you still have questions about vaccinations at Vaccinatiepunt? Then take a look at the frequently asked questions below!

You can always check our website first for each destination. Then you can make an make an appointment. Our team will process your application; if it turns out that you do not need vaccinations, the appointment will be cancelled.

Ultimately, you decide for yourself. Vaccination Point can only advise which vaccinations are necessary for your trip or which vaccinations are recommended.

This is certainly possible. Almost all vaccinations can be given at the same time. With live attenuated vaccines, however, it is not recommended to take them at the same time, as this can significantly reduce the duration of protection of a vaccine. It is then recommended to leave at least four weeks between the two vaccines so that both maintain their full protection duration.

Some vaccinations require multiple doses at intervals of several weeks or months, so it is advisable to start arranging your vaccinations as early as possible. This will also give your immune system time to build up adequate protection. The timing depends on the nature and duration of your trip. As a guideline: for simple trips, make an appointment for the first consultation 4 - 8 weeks before departure, and for long-term or high-risk trips, more than six months in advance.

This question will be answered by the nurse during the consultation. You would do well to ask your treating doctor/specialist early on whether there are any objections from his/her side to your planned trip.

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