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For which adults is it important to get a hepatitis B vaccine?

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It's important to get a hepatitis B vaccine if you:

  • Have kidney disease, long-term liver disease, or are infected with HIV
  • Have more than one sex partner
  • Are a man who has sex with men
  • Inject illicit drugs
  • Work in health care
  • Live with someone who has hepatitis B
  • Travel to a country with outbreaks of hepatitis B

From: Can I Prevent Hepatitis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Protecting Yourself Against Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C."

CDC: "Hepatitis A Questions and Answers for Health Professional," "Hepatitis C FAQs for the Public," "Increases in Hepatitis C Virus Infection Related to Injection Drug Use Among Persons Aged ≤30 Years — Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, 2006–2012," "Prevent Hepatitis A: Get Vaccinated Before You Travel," "Preventing Hepatitis B," "Viral Hepatitis and Young Persons Who Inject Drugs."

Mayo Clinic: "Hepatitis A."

MedlinePlus: "Preventing Hepatitis A," "Preventing Hepatitis B or C."

World Health Organization: "Hepatitis A."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 27, 2017

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Protecting Yourself Against Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C."

CDC: "Hepatitis A Questions and Answers for Health Professional," "Hepatitis C FAQs for the Public," "Increases in Hepatitis C Virus Infection Related to Injection Drug Use Among Persons Aged ≤30 Years — Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, 2006–2012," "Prevent Hepatitis A: Get Vaccinated Before You Travel," "Preventing Hepatitis B," "Viral Hepatitis and Young Persons Who Inject Drugs."

Mayo Clinic: "Hepatitis A."

MedlinePlus: "Preventing Hepatitis A," "Preventing Hepatitis B or C."

World Health Organization: "Hepatitis A."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 27, 2017

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