Hep B is a severe disease that degrades the liver and can be life threatening. The best way to prevent Hepatitis B is to avoid risky activities and get vaccinated. Urgent Way’s trained staff can administer the shot for you any time and all you need to do is walk-in to any of our six locations.
What is Hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B is a serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver. It can cause a lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and death. This virus is easily spread when blood, semen, or another bodily fluid from an infected person enters the body of a non-infected person. This can happen during a sexual encounter or sharing syringes. The disease may also be passed from mother to infant at birth.
How and when is the Hepatitis B vaccine given?
The Hepatitis B vaccine has become a routine immunization for children in the early years of their lives. Babies typically receive three doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine
- The 1st dose is given at birth
- The 2nd dose is given between 1-2 months of age
- The 3rd dose is given between 6-18 months of age
Young adults under the age of 18 as well as adults who are receiving the Hepatitis B vaccine should get 3 doses as follows
- 1st dose
- The 2nd dose should be received 4 weeks after the first
- The 3rd dose should be received 5 months after the second
Who is most at risk for contracting Hepatitis B?
You might be at risk if you:
- Have sex with or live with someone infected with the virus
- Have unprotected sex with multiple sex partners
- Inject drugs and share needles
- Are a man who has sex with other men
- Receive kidney dialysis
- Work in a profession that exposes you to human blood or other body fluids
- Have HIV
- Are a prisoner in a correctional facility
- Travel to countries where Hepatitis B is common