Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B

 

Hepatitis B Vaccine Information Sheet (VIS)

 

What is Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is a serious condition that affects a person’s liver. It is caused by HBV, the hepatitis B virus. It can lead to an acute, or short-term illness, which causes tiredness, loss of appetite, pain, vomiting and jaundice and a chronic, or long-term infection.

The virus is spread by contact with blood or other types of body fluid of an infected person.

Who needs the Hepatitis B vaccination? When?

All children need to receive their first hepatitis B vaccination when they are born and complete the vaccine series by the age of 6 to 18 months.

Any unvaccinated adult is at risk of HBV and needs to receive a vaccination to protect themselves.

What are the risks of the Hepatitis B vaccine?

The vaccine for Hepatitis B is considered extremely safe. The majority of people do not have any issues with it. Some mild problems have been reported such as soreness where the shot was given and a mild temperature.

How can I learn more about the Hepatitis B vaccine?

Call the Kansas City Travel and Immunization Clinic today at (913) 469-0011 and one of our knowledgeable staff will be able to assist you.