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Expert Rev Vaccines. 2008 Jul;7(5):673-7. doi: 10.1586/14760584.7.5.673.

Hepatitis B vaccination in travelers.

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  • 1National Coordination Center for Travelers Health Advice, Nieuwe Achtergracht 100, 1018 WT Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


An increasing number of travelers travel to hepatitis B-endemic countries. In travel medicine, vaccinations should be advised according to risks. The actual incidence of hepatitis B infection in short-term tourists is very low and probably not higher than it is for people who do not travel. There is evidence that long-term travelers and immigrants originating from hepatitis B-endemic countries are at higher risk of infection and they should always be offered vaccination. For all other travelers living in countries with universal hepatitis B vaccination, vaccination could be advised as a catch-up strategy.

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