Sussex Travel Clinic

Hove Clinic

01273 749100

Worthing Clinic

01903 254774

Reports suggest an increase in Hepatitis A infection in travellers with a history of recent travel to Egypt. Since November 2012 80 cases have been reported in the following European countries: Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and United Kingdom. The cases that have occurred have been reported from travellers who visited different areas of Egypt and include the popular red sea resorts of Sharm-El-Sheik and Hurghada. Of the 80 cases reported almost no travellers were vaccinated prior to travel.

Advice for Travellers

Hepatitis A is an infection spread through contaminated food and water. It causes liver inflammation and jaundice. It is commonly found in overcrowded conditions where hygiene is poor.

All travellers going to Egypt and other risk areas should ensure they have received a Hepatitis A vaccine prior to travel.

1 dose is required and if a booster is give 6-12 months after the first dose immunity lasts for up to 30 years.

Follow strict personal food and water hygiene rules:

  • Don’t drink or clean your teeth with tap water.
  • Drink bottled or boiled water only. Check the seals of bottled water have not been tampered with.
  • Use chlorine water purification tablets as an alternative where boiling is not possible, as they kill most bacteria and viruses.
  • Be careful what you eat. Foods that carry a higher risk of illness include: salad, raw fruit and vegetables, unpasteurised dairy products, reheated food, undercooked or raw shellfish, take aways and street food and food that has been allowed to sit around at room temperature.
  • Carry an alcohol hand gel to use if you can not wash your hands.

If you have recently returned from Egypt and feel unwell you should seek advice from NHS 111 or your GP and tell them of your recent travel history.

To book for a Hepatitis A vaccine please call the clinic on 01273 749100 or book ONLINE

 

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