Hepatitis B is a serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver. The virus, which is called hepatitis B virus (HBV), can cause lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and death. Hepatitis B vaccine is available for all age groups to prevent HBV infection
Who Should Be Vaccinate for Hepatitis B?
You should get the hepatitis B vaccine if:
Al children should get their first dose of Hepatitis B vaccine at birth and should have completed the vaccine series by 6 through 18 months of age.
Children and adolescents through 18 years of age who did not the the vaccine when they were younger should also be vaccinated.
You have sex with or live in the same house as a person with hepatitis B virus infection.
You have sex with more than one partner.
You seek care in a clinic for sexually transmitted diseases, HIV testing or treatment, or drug treatment.
You are a man who has sex with other men.
You inject drugs.
You have a job that involves contact with human blood*.
You are on the staff of, or a client in, an institution for the developmentally disabled*.
You are a hemodialysis patient or have end-stage renal disease.
You have HIV infection.
You are a dialysis patient.
You have chronic liver disease.
You have diabetes and are under age 60.
You live or travel for more than 6 months a year in countries where hepatitis B is common.
You seek care in a clinic for sexually transmitted diseases, HIV testing, or drug treatment.
Possible Symptoms of Hepatitis B
Possible symptoms include:
Short, mild, flu-like illness
Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
Loss of appetite
Jaundice (yellow skin and whites of eyes, darker yellow urine and pale feces)
If experiencing any of these symptoms, see your doctor immediately for emergency care.