Hepatitis B and ECHO-TV - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Hepatitis B Prevention and Treatment ECHO-TV Program

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Minnesota Department of Health's (MDH) Viral Hepatitis Programs are pleased to offer a show about hepatitis B (HBV) for the public. This show was produced by the ECHO-TV (Emergency and Community Health Outreach) collaborative.

Developed as an educational and outreach tool for persons at elevated risk for HBV, the DVD contains seven versions of a 20-minute show that originally aired on public television in Minnesota in October 2008.

There are seven versions, in the following languages: English, Hmong, Khmer, Lao, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Each version was taped using bilingual and bicultural hosts and health care providers. Content was written by MDH Viral Hepatitis Program staff. All non-English programs are subtitled in English.

Although the content of the shows varies slightly, each version has these key messages in common:

  • Hepatitis B is a preventable, though not curable, disease
  • Everyone should consider being vaccinated for hepatitis B, especially those who are at risk.
  • Hepatitis B is spread by contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected person. Hepatitis B is NOT spread by hugging, sneezing, sharing eating utensils, or restroom facilities.
  • If someone is infected with hepatitis B, they should see their health care provider to discuss ways to keep their liver healthy.


Each of the seven versions is available for viewing on ECHO-TV's website via the links below. Attention: Non-MDH links

MDH's Vaccine Preventable Disease Program

MDH's STD/HIV Program

Updated Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 10:33AM