Hepatitis A is the most common type of viral hepatitis. It is an infection of the liver transmitted by eating or drinking something contaminated, notably shellfish. It is also transmitted from
person to person, especially where personal hygiene is poor.
The virus can lead to inflammation and swelling of the liver. Others symptoms are fever, a loss of appetite, abdominal pains and jaundice.
You should be vaccinated if you are travelling to Africa, Northern and Southern Asia, parts of South America, and Southern and Eastern Europe, click on the map for a more detailed view.
Hepatitis B is an infectious diseases that affects the liver. It is caused by the passing of blood and body fluids from one person to the other through unprotected sex, or the sharing of needles or syringes amongst drug users. It is also transmitted easily from minor injuries such as a graze from a playground, and from contaminated instruments used during acupuncture and medical or dental procedures.
Hepatitis B can also cause weakness, tiredness, headache, fever, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea and dehydration, and in some cases jaundice.
You should be vaccinated if you are travelling to Pacific regions, Southest Asia and West Africa, South and Central America and the Middle East, click on the map for a more detailed view.