Joseph F. Sullivan Center

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B 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.

If 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