Hepatitis B is preventable, so why aren’t we preventing it?
Three out of four (75%) doctors said their patients believed they were not at risk of contracting hepatitis B when travelling overseas, 2015 market research found.1
The study of 100 doctors assessed the reasons doctors believed suitable patients did not receive vaccination against hepatitis B before they travelled overseas. Here are the top five:1
1. Travellers may think they have already been vaccinated 1
As many as 76% of doctors surveyed said that their patients believed they were protected because they’d already been vaccinated against hepatitis B.1
However, most Australians older than 30 are unlikely to be vaccinated against hepatitis B. Routine infant vaccination against hepatitis B began nationally in 2000 and funding for adolescent vaccination ran from 1996 to 2013.2,3
Tip: Consider vaccination for travellers aged 30 and older going to countries endemic for hepatitis B and A.
2. Patients underestimate their risk1