31 Aug 2018

Hepatitis B Vaccination

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.

Acute hepatitis B virus infection is a short-term illness that occurs within the first 6 months after someone is exposed to the hepatitis B virus. This can lead to:

  • 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
  • Death

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

Visit ASRA to get Vaccinated.

 

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