Hepatitis B Vaccine
Although the risk of hepatitis B is low in the UK, children and adults in high-risk groups are offered the vaccine.
Babies born to mothers with hepatitis B have been offered the hepatitis B vaccine from birth since the 1980s.
During autumn 2017, this vaccine became available in the NHS vaccination schedule for all babies as part of the 6-in-1 vaccine.
You can get infected with hepatitis B if you have contact with an infected person’s blood or other body fluids. People who are at risk of getting hepatitis B or developing serious complications from it should consider being vaccinated. These groups include:
- people who inject drugs or have a partner who injects drugs
- people who change their sexual partners frequently
- men who have sex with men
- babies born to infected mothers
- close family or sexual partners of someone with hepatitis B
- anyone who receives regular blood transfusions or blood products, and their carers
- people with any form of chronic liver disease
- people with chronic kidney disease
- people travelling to high-risk countries
- male and female sex workers
- people whose work puts them at risk of contact with blood or body fluids, such as nurses, prison staff, doctors, dentists and laboratory staff
- families adopting or fostering children from high-risk countries
How does the service work?
The Hepatitis B vaccine is available from Kamsons pharmacy for £42 per dose. The vaccine requires three doses to complete the full course. Following the completion of the below form, our prescriber will review your questionnaire and, where appropriate, will send your chosen branch a prescription. We recommend contacting the pharmacy two days after completing the form to arrange your appointment.