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Should I get vaccinated for hepatitis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

You should get vaccinated for hepatitis A and hepatitis B if you work in the healthcare field or in fields that require close contact with people such as nursing homes, day care facilities, and rehabilitation centers. If you work in fields that require contact with bodily fluids and/or bloods, you should get vaccinated. If you are caring for someone infected with hepatitis A or B, or if you have hepatitis C, you should get vaccinated. If you have any of the following factors, you should also get vaccinated.

  • HIV or AIDS
  • Autoimmune disorder
  • Use injectable drugs
  • Multiple sex partners
  • Travel to high-risk zone
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Same sex partners

Most children are vaccinated at age one or shortly after for hepatitis A. Your doctor may recommend the hepatitis B vaccinate for your infant. There are no vaccines available in the U.S. for hepatitis C, D, or E at this time.

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