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Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a serious liver disease caused by a virus.
You can get infected with hepatitis B if you have contact with an infected person's blood or other body fluids. This can happen during sex, or just by sharing personal items like a toothbrush or razor. Babies can get infected from their mother during birth.
If you get infected, you can be sick for weeks or months, be hospitalized, and even die. Some people don't feel sick but can still spread the virus to others. For some people, the virus remains in their body for years. During this time, the virus can attack the liver and cause serious problems like liver failure or cancer.
You are more likely to become infected with the virus if you are exposed to blood on your job, have sex with an infected person, travel to certain countries, or use illegal drugs. However, many people are not sure how they got infected.
Vaccination is the best way to prevent hepatitis B.
Hepatitis B Vaccine Schedule
All children and teens in the U.S. should get 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine. Infants should receive the first dose soon after they are born, before leaving the hospital. Many adults are at risk of hepatitis B and should be vaccinated. Adults also receive 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine over 4 to 6 months.
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Trusted Websites
Hepatitis B Information for the Public
Hepatitis B Information for the Public
Find fact sheets for parents and children, resources, multimedia, and more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Information about Hepatitis B
Information about Hepatitis B
Vaccines.gov provides resources from federal agencies for the general public and their communities about vaccines across the lifespan
A Look at Each Vaccine: Hepatitis B
A Look at Each Vaccine: Hepatitis B
Questions and answers about the disease and vaccines from the Vaccine Education Center
PKIDs - Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases
PKIDs - Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases
PKIDs supports those whose children have been affected by viral hepatitis, HIV/AIDS and other chronic, infectious diseases and by educating the public about effective disease prevention practices
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Video Library
Video: Family Promise: Get Tested for Hepatitis B
Family Promise: Get Tested for Hepatitis B: This digital story shows a father-daughter bonding moment as a father teaches his daughter how to play golf. His family is important to him and he promises his wife and daughter that he will get a blood test for Hepatitis B. Nearly 2 in 3 Asian Americans don't know they are infected, but getting tested for Hepatitis B can help people care for themselves and protect their families. This video is part of CDC's multi-lingual Know Hepatitis B campaign, conducted in partnership with Hep B United.
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Personal Testimonies
Stories of suffering and loss from hepatitis B
Physician Underscores the Importance of Hepatitis B Vaccine
Testimony Before the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
We Called Him 'A-Man'
All Of The Horrors That I Endured Could Have Been Avoided
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More Hepatitis B Information
Hepatitis B: Make sure your child is protected
Hepatitis B: Make sure your child is protected (IAC)
Vaccine summary for parents
>> Spanish-language
Protect Yourself from Hepatitis B
Protect Yourself from Hepatitis B (IAC)
Vaccine summary for teens and adults
>> Spanish-language
Should I Be Vaccinated Against Hepatitis A?
Should You Be Vaccinated Against Hepatitis B? (IAC)
Learn the risk factors
Hepatitis A, B, and C: Learn the Differences
Hepatitis A, B, and C: Learn the Differences (IAC)
Information on symptoms, risk factors, prevention, treatment, and more
Hepatitis B Questions & Answers
Hepatitis B Q&As (IAC)
Hepatitis B disease and vaccine information
Hepatitis B: Overview for parents
Overview for Parents (CDC)
Frequently asked questions
>> Spanish-language
Hepatitis B Fact Sheet
Hepatitis B Fact Sheet (CDC)
More in-depth information, includes a real-life story
Hepatitis B Photos
Some of the images are quite graphic
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This page was updated on November 1, 2016.
This page was reviewed on October 25, 2016.
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