Hep B

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV) 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. Symptoms of an acute hepatitis B infection may include a loss of appetite, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, and joint pain. Jaundice is another common symptom that causes the whites of the eyes and skin to turn yellow. Many individuals that are infected with HBV show no symptoms, so it is important that high-risk individuals get screened and vaccinated in addition to all children. 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. HBV can be transmitted when an individual comes into contact with the blood, semen, or other body fluid of an infected person. 

Learn more about hepatitis B and the vaccine to prevent it in adolescents at 
adolescentvaccination.org and adults at adultvaccination.org.

As of April 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations were updated to include a two-dose series of HepB-CpG as an option for hepatitis B vaccination for individuals age 18 years and older. View additional information on the updated CDC recommendations.

Resources

Adolescent Vaccination Recommendation: Hepatitis B

adolescentvaccination.org

Diabetes and Hepatitis B Vaccination

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Hepatitis (and Other Liver Diseases)

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

Hepatitis B (2012) - 30 Seconds

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)

Hepatitis B: Diagnosis and Treatment

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

Hepatitis B FAQs

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Hepatitis B Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Hepatitis B Public Service Announcements (Videos)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Hepatitis B Vaccination in Diabetes Care

American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE)

Hepatitis B Foundation

Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)

Hepatitis FAQ

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Hepatitis Infection Map

HepVu: Interactive online resource that visualizes the first standardized state-level estimates of people with past or current Hepatitis C infection across the United States.

Hepatitis Risk Assessment

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Take this 5 minute hepatitis risk assessment and get a personalized report

Information on Viral Hepatitis

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Know Hepatitis B

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Hepatitis B is common worldwide, especially in many parts of Asia and the Pacific Islands. In the US, Hepatitis B disproportionately affects Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). While AAPIs make up less than 5% of the US population, they account for more than 50% of Americans living with Hepatitis B.

Questions Frequently Asked About Hepatitis B

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

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

Annals of Internal Medicine

The ABCs of Viral Hepatitis

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Fact Sheet

The Hepatitis Information Network

Viral Hepatitis (A, B, C, D, E) Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, & Pathology (Video)

Osmosis - Youtube Channel