Why run a Hepatitis A booster campaign for patients from 16 years of age?

While most travellers focus on their first Hepatitis A dose, some may not return for their second (booster) dose.

The booster dose provides travel clinics with an opportunity to help protect patients aged 16 years and above against Hepatitis A beyond 10 years. This can be achieved with Avaxim® or Viatim®. As we approach a peak travel season, now is a good time to initiate a Hepatitis A booster campaign.

A booster dose of hepatitis A vaccine can be given, ideally at 6 to 12 months, and no later than 36 months, after the initial dose in order to help provide protection beyond ten years. For further information specific to Avaxim® and Viatim® please refer to the SmPC.

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Suggestions on how to run a Booster campaign:

  • Team Planning:
    • Hold a meeting with the relevant team members to align on the benefits of running a Hepatitis A booster campaign
  • Identify Patients:
    • Run a report from your patient records to identify those eligible patients who haven't received a 2nd dose of a hepatitis A vaccine in the last 36 months
  • Make Contact either by:
    • Utilising your recall system to initiate an Email/Phone/SMS invitation
    • Creating a pop up alert on their patient record
    • Contacting them via post
  • Logistics:
    • Schedule dedicated time for your travel nurse to run the Hepatitis A campaign
  • Patient Support:
    • Ensure you have a sufficient supply of patient support materials including travel record cards
    • Visit Medisa to order patient materials online
  • Supply:
    • Ensure you have sufficient supply of Avaxim® and Viatim®

Assess and Administer:

  • Consider using Avaxim®:
    • In patients aged 16 years and above who received a monovalent Hepatitis A vaccine, or a combined Hepatitis A and Typhoid fever vaccine 36 months (preferably 6-12 months) previously
  • Consider using Viatim®:
    • In patients aged 16 years and above who received a 1st dose of monovalent Hepatitis A vaccine or a combined Hepatitis A and Typhoid fever vaccine 36 months previously and are at risk of typhoid fever
    • In patients aged 16 years and above who received a 1st dose of monovalent Hepatitis A vaccine 6-12 months previously and require a vaccine against typhoid fever

How to order

  1. Phone customer service on 0800 854 430
  2. Go to www.vaxishop.co.uk
  3. Contact your Vaccine Account Manager if you would like to receive any of these vaccines on a monthly basis

 

References:

 

Adverse events should be reported.
Reporting forms and information can be found at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
Adverse events should also be reported to Sanofi Tel: 0800 0902314. Alternatively, send via E-mail to
UK-drugsafety@sanofi.com

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Date of preparation: June 2019 | SAGB.TRAV.19.04.0609