Hepatitis B Vaccine Information for Health Professionals

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all infants, children, and adolescents. Don't miss opportunities to vaccinate your patients who didn't receive hepatitis B vaccine as infants.

You don't need to restart a series of hepatitis B vaccinations because of an extended interval between doses. It is not necessary to add doses or restart the series if the interval between doses is longer than that which is recommended.

There are over 200 million hepatitis B carriers worldwide (people with chronic disease who can transmit the infection to others), and the disease causes up to 80 percent of liver cancers. Chronic hepatitis B is second only to tobacco among known human carcinogens.

More than 250,000 people die each year around the world of hepatitis B-associated acute and chronic liver disease.

 

Updated Tuesday, 16-Nov-2010 12:21:35 CST