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If you have had Heptatitis B or the Hepatitis vaccine before a blood test is required.
Hepatitis B is a serious viral disease.
It is spread through contact with the blood and other bodily fluids of an infected person.
A person can get infected in several ways:
- Unprotected sex with an infected person
- Sharing needles when injecting illegal drugs
- Being stuck with a needle as an occupational hazard
- During pregnancy when the virus passes from an infected mother to her baby through the placenta.
Hepatitis B is the most readily transmitted virus and Healthcare workers are at greater risk of infection from patients than vice versa. People from overseas are also at risk as they may not have received immunisation.
Contaminated Sharps exposure is the most common mode of occupational exposure to blood-borne viruses.
The number of cases of acute Hepatitis B reported in Healthcare workers has declined in recent years due to increases awareness of risk, safer working practices and widespread immunisation.
The Department of Health recommends that all employers ensure healthcare workers, including students, who may have direct contact with blood, blood stained body fluids, or patients tissues, are offered hepatitis B immunisation.