Hepatitis B Vaccine - Hep B
What You Need to Know
Hepatitis B or Hep B is a serious disease that affects the liver. It is caused by the hepatitis B virus. It can cause mild illness lasting a few weeks, or it can lead to a serious, lifelong illness.
This infection can be either acute or chronic. Acute Hep B virus infection is a short-term illness that occurs within the first 6 months after someone is exposed to the hepatitis B virus.
Chronic hepatitis B virus infection is a long-term illness that occurs when the virus remains in a person's body. Most people who go on to develop chronic hepatitis B do not have symptoms, but it is still very serious. Liver cancer is often caused by this virus.
Why you should vaccinate your child
The immunization facts show that each year about 2,000 people in the United States die from hepatitis B-related liver disease.
Hepatitis B vaccine can prevent hepatitis B and its consequences, including liver cancer and cirrhosis.
Hepatitis B vaccine
The vaccine is made from parts of the hepatitis B virus. It cannot cause hepatitis B infection. The vaccine is usually given as 3 or 4 shots over a 6-month period.
Infants should get their first dose of the vaccine at birth and will usually complete the series at 6 months of age.
All children and adolescents younger than 19 years of age who have not yet gotten the vaccine should also be vaccinated.
Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for un-vaccinated adults who are at risk for hepatitis B virus infection.
There are no known risks to getting Hepatitis B vaccine at the same time as other vaccines.
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