What is Hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B is a serious, potentially fatal liver disease, but there is a vaccine that can prevent it in most people.
Hepatitis B is caused by the Hepatitis B virus (HBV). The virus can live outside of the body for 7 days at most, so most people get it directly from touching blood and fluids from people who have the virus. Common ways for the virus to spread include:
Newborn babies are at risk of getting Hepatitis B if their mothers have the virus. Hepatitis B is not spread through food, water, breastfeeding, hugging, coughing or sneezing.
Some people are at a higher risk of getting Hepatitis B because of their job, a health condition or because of where they live. People who have a higher risk should get the vaccine if they have not done so already. Examples of people who have a higher risk of getting Hepatitis B are:
What about the vaccine?
The best way to prevent Hepatitis B is to get vaccinated. The Hepatitis B vaccine is now given to most babies at birth, but many adults have not had it. A member of our CVS pharmacy® team or a MinuteClinic® provider can talk with you about your risk for getting Hepatitis B and answer your questions about the vaccine. They can also administer the vaccine if you decide it is right for you.
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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
HBV FAQs for Health Professionals | Division of Viral Hepatitis | CDC. Available at: www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hbv/hbvfaq.htm#vaccFAQ. (Accessed: 18th June 2016)
WHO | Hepatitis A. WHO Available at: https://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs328/en/. (Accessed: 18th June 2016)
Hepatitis B Information | Division of Viral Hepatitis | CDC. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hbv/. (Accessed: 18th June 2016)
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