Request the vaccine and complete your confidential online questionnaire. One of our clinicians will check your suitability and contact you via your Patient Record. Once approved, you can select at which standardpharmacy store you would like to be vaccinated and call to book your appointment.
The vaccine comes as one injection, usually given in the upper arm.
After receiving the third and final injection over 90% of people should be protected against hepatitis B for at least 5 years. 4 weeks after completing the course of 3 injections you may wish to undergo a blood test to check that you are immune.
Most patients experience no side effects from this vaccine. However, you may experience pain, swelling or reddening of the skin at the injection site, fatigue, headache, mild fever, nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite and diarrhoea.
Risk of severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)
All standardpharmacy staff who provide this service are trained to manage anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction to a vaccine. Symptoms of anaphylaxis can include fainting, shortness of breath, falling blood pressure and swelling of the face and neck. Anaphylaxis is extremely rare after receiving the injection.
How the vaccine works
The vaccine consists of 3 separate injections given on 3 separate occasions (at zero, one month and six months).
The vaccine stimulates the body’s immune system to fight a possible hepatitis B infection without causing the disease itself. It cannot protect you from hepatitis B if you are already infected. It also cannot protect you against any other type of liver infection, or other types of hepatitis.
About Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B is a highly infectious virus that can cause flu-like symptoms, yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice), tummy pain, diarrhoea, feeling and being sick, and a loss of appetite. It is spread through blood and bodily fluids and treatment depends on how long you have had the virus for. The best way to protect against hepatitis B is to get a vaccination., and stay up-to-date with vaccines.