Hepatitis Vaccination & Testing

How Can Ipsum Health Help support your Business with Hepatitis Vaccination & Testing?

If your employee is at risk of exposure to blood or bodily fluids, Ipsum Health can provide Hepatitis A & B vaccinations, testing and support services to businesses whose employees may be at risk of Hepatitis.

What is Hepatitis?

Hepatitis in an inflammatory condition of the liver, which is usually caused by a viral infection, but can be a result of taking certain medications and the excessive consumption of alcohol or drugs.

There are 5 types of viral hepatitis, which are categorised as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E.

Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) is most commonly transmitted by consuming food or water contaminated by faeces.
Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) is transmitted via contact with bodily fluids, such as blood and semen.
Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) is transmitted through direct contact with infected body fluids, typically through injection drug use and sexual contact.
Hepatitis D Virus (HDV) is a rare form of the virus and is contracted through direct contact with infected blood.
Hepatitis E Virus (HEV) is mainly found in areas with poor sanitation.

Is there a risk of contracting Hepatitis while at work?

Depending on the type of duties an employee has, there may be times where they are potentially in contact with contaminated food, water, sanitation sources and garbage which may include faeces and other bodily fluids. Some workers may also work or treat those who have the condition.

Examples of those that may be at risk include:

Healthcare workers and Morticians
Cleaners, refuse Collectors and Sewage Workers
Police, Armed Forces & Security Workers
Dentists and Dental Assistants
Tattooists & Hairdressers
Beauticians and those that provide cosmetic treatments/injections
Builders & Mechanics

As a result, some workers are particularly at risk of Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B.

How can we help businesses trying to manage a rapidly changing business environment?

Ipsum Health provide:

In clinic Appointments - We have adapted our clinical environment to make it a safe as possible to patients to attend our clinics.

This includes:

Protective PPE for clinicians and administration staff
Protective Screens in reception and clinical rooms
Regular, routine cleaning of all surfaces - including additional time for the clinician to sanitise the room following each appointment.

Hepatitis A Vaccine Information

If your employee is at risk of exposure to blood or bodily fluids, a risk assessment needs to be carried out to establish if Hepatitis A & B vaccinations need to be provided to staff. NHS GPs are not obliged to provide the Hepatitis vaccination and a worker?s GP may refuse to offer the vaccinations if they deem it to be the responsibility of the employer to provide.

Hepatitis A is available to people over 16, but is also available to children between 12 months and 16 years as Hepatitis A Junior.
One injection is required, with a booster dose recommended 6 to 12 months after the primary dose.
An initial vaccination plus booster dose is believed to give protection for over 10 years.
Protection against Hepatitis A begins two weeks after the first dose of Hepatitis A vaccine.
Hepatitis A is available as a combined vaccine with Hepatitis B.
The Combined Hep A & B should follow the Hepatitis B vaccine schedule.

Hepatitis B Vaccine Information

Several different course schedules are available for Hepatitis B. For full protection, you will need at least three injections of Hepatitis B vaccine over a period of four to six months. An accelerated course can be given over 28 days. However, a booster dose is then recommended.

Standard Course ? the Hep B vaccine is administered on day 0, at least 1 month later and then 5 months later after that.
Rapid Course - the Hep B vaccine is administered on day 0, 1 month, 2months, 12 months later.
Very Rapid Course - the Hep B vaccine is administered on day 0, 7 days, 21 days and 12 months later.
The Hepatitis B vaccine can be given from birth.

Hepatitis B Blood testing

A blood test is usually carried out to establish if the employee has become immune. The test is undertaken 2 months after the primary schedule has been completed as not all employees will become immune after 3 doses of the vaccine. The test will indicate if a further booster dose is required or if the course needs to be restarted and require a second course.

Hepatitis Support Services

Employers are encouraged to make provisions for emergency advice and treatment in the event that a member of staff becomes exposed to blood or body fluid during an incident at work. Events such as a needle stick injury, scratches and splashes into eyes, mouth or open wound are potential risks and these incidents can be very frightening for staff members. It is imperative that these staff members, managers and associated workers are given access to rapid advice and treatment. Ipsum Health is able to provide help and advice on Needlestick policies.

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Please contact us for more information or to book an appointment at any one of our occupational health clinics.

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