Hepatitis B

What is Hepatitis B (Hep B)?

Hep B is an inflammation of the liver caused by a viral infection. Symptoms include muscle and joint aches, headache, weakness, loss of appetite, nausea, weight loss, low grade fever, diarrhea, and constipation. Many people do not have any symptoms.

How is it spread?

Health care workers con contract the disease by being exposed to blood, body, or potentially infectious materials from Hep B patients. There is no cure for Hep B, but the vaccine can effectively prevent Hep B if you are exposed to the virus.

Who should get the vaccine?

Anyone who is at risk for contact with Blood & Bodily Fluid Exposures or other potentially infectious materials should receive the Hep B vaccine series.

It is given as a series of three intramuscular injections: initial, one months later and six months after the initial one. After the third injection, you will have your blood work done to see if you are now immune.

How much does it cost?

The Hepatitis B vaccine is offered free of charge to all hospital staff who could come in contact with Blood & Bodily Fluid Exposures, or other potentially infectious materials in their work.