Hepatitis B Vaccination
Hepatitis B (HBV) is a virus that can cause liver disease.
It’s extremely contagious. The virus can be spread by infected blood or body
fluids, including through:
drugs and needles
HBV can spread from a pregnant mother to her child.
The hepatitis B (HepB) vaccine is given in three doses, over
six months. It’s used for at-risk individuals and anyone who wants protection
The HepB vaccine is recommended for many groups of
at birth, while still in the hospital
children who are not fully vaccinated for HepB
who live with someone with HBV
who have sex with men
who wishes to be protected
The HepB vaccine is a very safe way to reduce your risk of
HBV. Most people should consider vaccination. However, you don’t need the
vaccine if you are infected or immune. Tests are available to determine if you
have been previously exposed to HBV.
Who Should Not Get Vaccinated?
Certain individuals shouldn’t receive the HepB vaccine,
including those with:
allergies to baker’s yeast or other components of the vaccine
severe reactions to HepB vaccine
- current moderate-to-severe illness
Potential Side Effects
The HepB vaccine is considered to be very safe. However,
many people have soreness at the site of the shot. A temperature of 99.9
degrees or higher is also not uncommon.
Severe side effects like serious allergic reactions are