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Why get vaccinated?

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Hepatitis B is a serious disease.

The hepatitis B virus (HBV) can cause short-term (acute) illness that leads to:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Tiredness
  • Jaundice (yellow skin or eyes)
  • Pain in muscles, joints, and stomach

It can also cause long-term (chronic) illness that leads to:

  • Liver damage (cirrhosis)
  • Liver cancer
  • Death

Why is hepatitis B a concern?

The younger the person, the greater the likelihood of staying infected with hepatitis B and having life-long liver problems, such as scarring of the liver and liver cancer.

Who should get hepatitis B vaccine and when?

1) Everyone 18 years of age and younger
2) Adults over 18 who are at risk

Adults at risk for HBV infection include:

  • People who have more than one sex partner in 6 months
  • Men who have sex with other men
  • Sex contacts of infected people
  • People who inject illegal drugs
  • Health care workers and public safety workers who might be exposed to infected blood or body fluids
  • Household contacts of persons with chronic hepatitis B virus infection
  • Hemodialysis patients
If you are not sure whether you are at risk, ask your doctor or nurse.
People should get 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine according to the following schedule. If you miss a dose or get behind schedule, get the next dose as soon as you can. There is no need to start over.

For an infant whose mother is infected with HBV:

  • First Dose: Within 12 hours of birth
  • Second Dose: 1 to 2 months of age
  • Third Dose: 6 months of age

For an infant whose mother is not infected with HBV:

  • First Dose: Birth to 2 months of age
  • Second Dose: 1 to 4 months of age (at least 1 month after the first dose)
  • Third Dose: 6 to 18 months of age

For an older child, adolescent, or adult:

  • First Dose: Any time
  • Second Dose: 1 to 2 months after the first dose
  • Third Dose: 4 to 6 months after the first dose

For anyone:

  • The second dose must be given at least 1 month after the first dose.
  • The third dose must be given at least 2 months after the second dose and at least 4 months after the first.
  • The third dose should not be given to infants younger than 6 months of age, because this could reduce long-term protection.

Adolescents 11 to 15 years of age may need only two doses of hepatitis B vaccine, separated by 4 to 6 months. Ask your health care provider for details.

What are the risks from Hepatitis B Vaccine?

A vaccine, like any medication, is capable of causing serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. The risk of hepatitis B vaccine causing serious harm, or death, is extremely small. Persons who have a life-threatening allergy to baker's yeast should not receive the hepatitis B vaccine.

Receiving hepatitis B vaccine is much safer than contracting hepatitis B disease. Most people who receive hepatitis B vaccine do not have any problems with it.

Risks may include:

  • Soreness in the location where the shot was given, lasting a day or two
  • Sever
  • Serious allergic reaction (very rare)

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