Hepatitis A & B Vaccine Series

Hepatitis B Vaccine Series

What is Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Although rare, hepatitis A can cause death in some people. Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person.

How serious is hepatitis A?

Most people who get hepatitis A feel sick for several weeks, but they usually recover completely and do not have lasting liver damage. In rare cases, hepatitis A can cause liver failure and death; this is more common in people older than 50 and in people with other liver diseases.

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/hep-a.pdf

What is Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is a viral infection that attacks the liver and can cause both acute and chronic disease.  The virus is transmitted through contact with the blood or other body fluids of an infected person.

How can Hepatitis B be prevented?

There is a 3 shot Hepatitis B vaccine.

Who needs the Hepatitis B series?

Anyone who has not had their Hepatitis B vaccine, and has not recovered from a Hepatitis B infection.

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/hep-b.pdf

 

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