How much is Hepatitis B vaccine in Kenya? Cost of hepatitis b vaccine in Kenya and Nairobi.
Hepatitis B is the most common dangerous liver infection in the world.Taking about Kenya, it is estimated that 2 – 7 percent of the Kenyan population are infected with hepatitis b.
Hepatitis B Virus ,(HBV) can cause infection and inflammation of the liver. A person can have HBV and transmit the virus to others without knowing that they have it.
Some people experience no symptoms. Some only have the initial infection, which then may resolve with medications. For others, the condition becomes chronic. In chronic cases, the virus continues to attack the liver over time without detection, resulting in irreversible liver damage.
Many HBV infections occur during infancy or childhood. This is because a mother can pass HBV to her child during childbirth. However, doctors rarely diagnose HBV in childhood, as it causes few obvious symptoms.
A person with a chronic HBV infection may have ongoing episodes of abdominal pain, persistent fatigue, and aching joints.
HBV is transmissible when blood, semen, or another bodily fluid from a person with the virus enters the body of an individual who does not have it.
More specifically, infection can occur:
1. When a woman with HBV gives birth
2. During sexual activity
3. As a result of sharing needles, syringes, or other drug injection devices
4. As a result of practicing unsafe tattoo techniques
by sharing personal hygiene items, such as razors and toothbrushes
5. Health workers may be at risk through unsafe medical practices, such as reusing medical equipment, not using personal protection, or incorrectly disposing of sharps.
People can also contract HBV when they visit a part of the world in which infection is more common.
A person can spread the virus without being aware, as it may not cause any symptoms.
Hepatitis B is a “silent epidemic” because most people do not have symptoms when they are newly infected or chronically infected. Thus, they can unknowingly spread the virus to others and continue the silent spread of hepatitis B. For people who are chronically infected but don’t have any symptoms, their liver is still being silently damaged which can develop into serious liver disease such as cirrhosis or liver cancer.
The good news is that hepatitis B is preventable and treatable. There is a simple blood test to diagnose a hepatitis B infection. Testing is the only way to know for sure if you are infected. There is a safe vaccine to prevent hepatitis B. There are effective drug therapies that can manage a chronic hepatitis B infection, and a cure is within sight.
Hepatitis b is far better prevented than cured…Vaccines are the surest ways to prevent hepatitis B… anytime, anyday.
How much is Hepatitis B vaccine in Kenya…Cost of hepatitis B vaccines in Kenya…
In Kenya, hepatitis b vaccines is free for children and newborns… However, adult Kenyans, who want to take the hepatitis b vaccine are required to pay between Ksh 1,000 – Ksh 5,000 Kenyan shillings.
Body of article was sourced by www.nimedhealth.com.ng from Noel Livingstone (MD)