Information for Consumers - Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B infection is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). More than 250,000 persons die worldwide each year of hepatitis B associated acute and chronic liver disease. An estimated 1.25 million persons in the United States have chronic HBV infection. HBV is spread by sexual contact with an infected person; sharing needles during injection drug use; occupational needle sticks or sharps exposures; or from an infected mother to her baby during birth. Immunization with the hepatitis B vacccine is the most effective means of preventing HBV infection.
Below you will find the most up-to-date information and resources to help you learn more about hepatitis B.
Guidelines and Recommendations for Hepatitis B Vaccination
- CDC Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule
- New York State Immunization Requirements for School Entrance/Attendance (English and Spanish) (PDF 55KB 2pg.)
- Hepatitis B Fact Sheet
- Are you at risk for Hepatitis B?
- Hepatitis B Brochures (IAC)
- Hepatitis B Magnet (PDF, 109KB, 1pg.)
- Hepatitis A and B: Know the risks. Get Vaccinated - Poster (PDF, 1.4MB, 1pg.)
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- Every Week Hundreds of People Get Hepatitis B