Hepatitis B is a serious disease that affects the liver. It is caused by the hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis B can cause mild illness lasting a few weeks, or it can lead to a serious, lifelong illness.
- Fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, and/or vomiting
- Jaundice (yellow skin or eyes, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements)
- Pain in muscles, joints, and stomach.
Chronic hepatitis B virus infection is a long-term illness that occurs when the hepatitis B 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 and can lead to:
- Liver damage (cirrhosis)
- Liver cancer
Who should get vaccinated?
Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for unvaccinated adults who are at risk for hepatitis B virus infection, including:
- People whose sex partners have hepatitis B
- Sexually active persons who are not in a long-term relationship.
- Persons seeking evaluation or treatment for a sexual disease.
- Men who have sexual contact with other men
- People who share needles, syringes, or other drug injection equipment.
- People who have household contact with someone infected with hepatitis B virus.
- Healthcare & public safety workers at risk for exposer to contaminated body fluids.
- Residents and staff of facilities for developmentally
- Persons in correctional facilities
- Victims of sexual assault or abuse
- Travelers to regions with increased rates of hepatitis B
- People with the chronic liver disease, kidney disease, HIV infection, or diabetes.
- Anyone who wants to be protected from hepatitis
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