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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-08691: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether the NHS always offers people who test negatively for hepatitis B a vaccination against the condition.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 3 May 2017

If a person is tested for Hepatitis B (Hep B) infection in the NHS, and the results come back negative, they may not necessarily be offered vaccination.

However, there are a number of people who are deemed to be at particular risk from infection and may be offered vaccination after a risk assessment is undertaken by a health professional.

Detailed information on those at risk of Hep B infection is available in the ''Immunisation against infectious disease'' (The Green Book) which is an information resource for health professionals and immunisation practitioners to help inform a decision as to whether or not immunisation against Hep B should be offered.