Hepatitis A and hepatitis B are completely preventable! There are safe vaccines available to prevent hepatitis A and hepatitis B — you can even receive a series of combination vaccinations that protect you against both hepatitis A and B. It is important to finish the entire series of hepatitis vaccinations so you prevent infection and liver damage associated with infection, especially for chronic hepatitis B, which can lead to liver cancer.

The hepatitis B vaccine is so effective that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have called the hepatitis B vaccine the first “anti-cancer” vaccine!  Get more hepatitis B vaccine info from www.immunize.org.

Who should get vaccinated for hepatitis A?

  • Persons with any type of chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis B or C
  • Injection and non-injection drug users
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Transgenders
  • Persons diagnosed with HIV
  • Persons travelling to hepatitis A endemic areas

Who should get vaccinated for hepatitis B?

  • Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, especially infants and children of immigrants/migrants from areas with high HBV rates (see map above)
  • Persons with more than one sex partner in a six month period
  • Persons diagnosed recently with an STD
  • Injection drug users
  • Sex and household contacts of people with hepatitis B
  • Infants born to mothers with hepatitis B
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Transgenders
  • Health care and public safety workers
  • People living with HIV
  • People living with diabetes (ages 19-59) – Referral Flyer for Diabetics

HAVE INSURANCE?  Bring our hep B vaccine referral flyer to your local pharmacy.  In most cases, the hep B vaccines will have no copay or deductible!

 

REMEMBER:  There is NO VACCINE for hepatitis C!

For more information about the hepatitis vaccines, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.

For Kaiser Permanente Members: Call the Kaiser Hepatitis Department at 432-7275 for questions relating to hepatitis B or C.