Hepatitis B is preventable with a vaccine that has been available for over 20 years. The vaccine provides an easy and effective method for preventing Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) infection and its deadly implications. All people, including children, adolescents and adults should be vaccinated provided they are not already chronically infected with HBV.
If both your blood tests (HBsAg and anti-HBs) are negative, you have not been infected with hepatitis B nor are you protected. Get vaccinated to protect yourself.
Your options include 2 FDA approved and CDC recommended vaccines, a 2 shot vaccination series (recommended for adults 18 and older),* or a 3-shot hepatitis B vaccination series**.
Vaccination usually protects you for life. All newborns should receive the hepatitis B vaccine at birth. Ask your medical provider which vaccine is right for you.
*Approved in 2017, this vaccine is taken in 2 doses, 1 month apart.
**Approved since 1989, this vaccine is taken in 3 doses, the 2nd shot 1 month after the first and the 3rd, 6 months after the first shot.