Hepatitis B is preventable with a vaccine that has been available for over 20 years. The vaccine provides an easy and effective method for preventing Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) infection and its deadly implications.
Who Should Get Vaccinated?
Hepatitis B vaccine is available for all age groups. The hepatitis B vaccine is recommended by the CDC for all infants, all children or adolescents younger than 19 years of age who have not been vaccinated, all adults age 19 through 59 years, and adults age 60 years or older with risk factors for hepatitis B infection.
Negative Test Result? Consider Vaccination.
If both your blood tests (HBsAg and anti-HBs) are negative, you have not been infected with hepatitis B nor are you protected. Get vaccinated to protect yourself.
Screening before vaccination is vital, as vaccination cannot cure hepatitis B if you are already infected.
Where to Get the Hepatitis B Vaccine
Getting vaccinated for hepatitis B is now more convenient than ever.
Know Your Options
Your options include 2 FDA approved and CDC recommended vaccines:
2 shot vaccination series (recommended for adults 18 and older)*
3-shot hepatitis B vaccination series**
Vaccination usually protects you for life. Ask your medical provider which vaccine is right for you.
*Approved in 2017, this vaccine is taken in 2 doses, 1 month apart.
**Approved since 1989, this vaccine is taken in 3 doses, the 2nd shot 1 month after the first and the 3rd, 6 months after the first shot.