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What is hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B is a serious infection that affects the liver. It is caused by the hepatitis B virus.
- In 2009, about 38,000 people became infected with hepatitis B.
- Each year about 2,000 to 4,000 people die in the United States from cirrhosis or liver cancer caused by hepatitis B.
Hepatitis B can cause:
Acute (short-term) illness. This can lead to:
- loss of appetite
- diarrhea and vomiting
- jaundice (yellow skin or eyes)
- pain in muscles, joints, and stomach
Acute illness, with symptoms, is more common among adults. Children who become infected usually do not have symptoms.
Chronic (long-term) infection. Some people go on to develop chronic hepatitis B infection. Most of them do not have symptoms, but the infection is still very serious, and can lead to:
- liver damage (cirrhosis)
- liver cancer
Chronic infection is more common among infants and children than among adults. People who are chronically infected can spread hepatitis B virus to others, even if they don’t look or feel sick. Up to 1.4 million people in the United States may have chronic hepatitis B infection. Hepatitis B virus is easily spread through contact with the blood or other body fluids of an infected person. People can also be infected from contact with a contaminated object, where the virus can live for up to 7 days.
- A baby whose mother is infected can be infected at birth;
- Children, adolescents, and adults can become infected by:
- – contact with blood and body fluids through breaks in the skin such as bites, cuts, or sores;
- – contact with objects that have blood or body fluids on them such as toothbrushes, razors, or monitoring and treatment devices for diabetes;
- – having unprotected sex with an infected person;
- – sharing needles when injecting drugs;
- – being stuck with a used needle.
Hepatitis B vaccine: Why get vaccinated?
Hepatitis B vaccine can prevent hepatitis B, and the serious consequences of hepatitis B infection, including liver cancer and cirrhosis
Hepatitis B vaccine may be given by itself or in the same shot with other vaccines.
Routine hepatitis B vaccination was recommended for some U.S. adults and children beginning in 1982, and for all children in 1991.
Since 1990, new hepatitis B infections among children and adolescents have dropped by more than 95%—and by 75% in other age groups.
Vaccination gives long-term protection from hepatitis B infection, possibly lifelong.
Who should get hepatitis B vaccine and when?
Children and adolescents
- Babies normally get 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine:
- 1st Dose: Birth
- 2nd Dose: 1-2 months of age
- 3rd Dose: 6-18 months of age
- Some babies might get 4 doses, for example, if a combination vaccine containing hepatitis B is used. (This is a single shot containing several vaccines.) The extra dose is not harmful.
- Anyone through 18 years of age who didn’t get the vaccine when they were younger should also be vaccinated.
Adults – All unvaccinated adults at risk for hepatitis B infection should be vaccinated. This includes:
- – sex partners of people infected with hepatitis B
- – men who have sex with men
- – people who inject street drugs
- – people with more than one sex partner
- – people with chronic liver or kidney disease
- – people under 60 years of age with diabetes
- – people with jobs that expose them to human blood or other body fluids
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At RediClinic, we offer Get Healthy services to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medications (when appropriate) for common illnesses and injuries in adults and children over the age of 18 months.
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