Joseph F. Sullivan Center
vaccine: prevents Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis B vaccine is a 3 dose vaccine. You
should receive a Hepatitis B vaccine if you want to avoid getting Hepatitis B,
if you have not completed all 3 doses of the vaccine, if you are in a high risk
group, a healthcare worker exposed to blood and bodily fluids, or if you are
traveling outside the U.S.
- What is
Hepatitis B? An infection in the liver caused by the Hepatitis B virus,
which is spread through blood or other body fluids. Hepatitis B causes flu-like
illness with loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, rashes, joint pain and
jaundice. The virus stays in the liver of an infected person for the rest of
their lives and can result in severe diseases, including fatal cancer.
- There are
51,000 new cases of Hepatitis B each year, 95% of new cases are adults.
you would like to prevent both Hepatitis A and B, there is a vaccine available called
Twinrix that combines the two vaccines.
Click here for the CDC Vaccine Information Statement for Hepatitis B