Public Health England has announced a national shortage supply of Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccinations which has been caused by problems in the manufacturing process. The shortage is expected to last until early 2018.
Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by a virus that’s spread in the poo of an infected person. Whereas, Hepatitis B is spread through blood and body fluids.
It often doesn’t cause any obvious symptoms in adults and typically passes in a few months without treatment. But in children, it often persists for years and may eventually cause serious liver damage.
Hepatitis is less common in the UK than other parts of the world, but certain groups are at an increased risk. A “Prioritisation Guidance” has been put in place to protect those at highest immediate risk from the shortage such as healthcare workers, babies born to mothers who have been diagnosed and those undertaking high-risk travel.
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We will make sure those who are less at risk will have the vaccine at a later date.
Sources: Public Health England, NHS