Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis B virus that can infect people of all ages. Up to 1.4 million people in the United States have long-term or “chronic” infection, which can lead to liver cirrhosis, liver cancer, and death.

The most common ways the hepatitis B virus is spread include sexual contact, needle sharing, and during childbirth from an infected mother to her newborn.

Learn more about hepatitis B and the vaccine to prevent it.

Resources

Adolescent Vaccination Recommendation: Hepatitis B

adolescentvaccination.org

Diabetes and Hepatitis B Vaccination

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hepatitis B - Also Known as Hep B

In-depth information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Academy of Pediatrics

Hepatitis B (2012) - 30 Seconds

Hepatitis B Foundation

Hepatitis B - Information for Parents

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Academy of Pediatrics

Hepatitis B - Informacion para los padres

Hepatitis B information in Spanish for parents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Academy of Pediatrics

Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns

Immunization Action Coalition

Hepatitis Foundation International

Hepatitis Neighborhood

Sponsored by CuraScript

Information on Viral Hepatitis

CDC

Screening for Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement

Annals of Internal Medicine

The Hepatitis Information Network

Questions Frequently Asked About Hepatitis B

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC): Read frequently asked questions about Hepatitis B and if you need the vaccine