Who Need the Hepatitis B Vaccine?

Q:
Who need the hepatitis B vaccine?

A:
Hepatitis B is a serious infection that affects the liver. It can cause mild illness lasting a few weeks, or it can lead to a serious, lifelong illness. Hepatitis B vaccine is a safe and effective way to prevent you from getting hepatitis B. The CDC recommends it for all babies, who should get their first dose as newborns. Other people who need it include:

  • People below 19 but haven’t been vaccinated
  • Anyone who has a sex partner with hepatitis B
  • People who are sexually active but aren’t in a long-term monogamous relationship
  • Anyone being evaluated or treated for a sexually transmitted disease
  • Men who have sex with men
  • People who share needles used to inject drugs
  • Anyone who lives with someone who has hep B
  • Healthcare and public safety workers at risk for exposure to blood or body fluids
  • People with end-stage kidney (renal) disease
  • People who live and work in facilities for people who are developmentally disabled
  • Travelers to regions with moderate to high rates of hepatitis B
  • People with chronic liver disease
  • People with HIV infections

You should not get the vaccine if you had a severe allergic reaction to an earlier dose or are allergic to yeast.

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