Who needs a Hepatitis Vaccine?

September 7, 2022

A hepatitis vaccine is recommended for those who are traveling to different parts of the world. There are a few different types of hepatitis, but they can all have serious symptoms. Vaccines are the best type of protection. Speak with a medical provider about whether you need a hepatitis vaccine before traveling.

AFC Urgent Care Louisville provides hepatitis vaccines for any reason. For those interested in learning more, call our center or visit us to speak with a medical provider in person. We provide all urgent care services to patients in need.

What are the different types of hepatitis?

There are many types of hepatitis, but all of them can be serious. The most common types are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.

Hepatitis A is a virus that is found in contaminated food or water. It can also be spread through contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids. Hepatitis A is a serious illness, but it can be prevented with a vaccine.

Hepatitis B is a virus that is spread through contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids. It can also spread through sexual contact or from mother to child during childbirth. Hepatitis B can also be prevented with a vaccine.

Hepatitis C spreads through contact with an infected person’s blood. Hepatitis C is as serious as A and B, but there is no vaccine to prevent it.

Who Should Get Hepatitis A Vaccine?

It's recommended for all children aged 12-23 months to receive the hepatitis A vaccine. It is also recommended for adults who are at risk for hepatitis A, including:

  • Those with liver disease
  • People who are traveling where hepatitis A is common
  • Those exposed to the virus through sexual contact or illicit drug use

Who Should Get Hepatitis B Vaccine?

The Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for all adults who are at risk for hepatitis B, including:

  • People with liver disease, such as hepatitis C
  • People who are traveling to parts of the world where hepatitis B is common
  • Those exposed to the virus through sexual contact or illicit drug use
  • Healthcare workers
  • People with HIV/AIDS

 

When are they normally given?

For hepatitis A, this vaccine is usually given in two doses, six to twelve months apart. The first dose can be given to babies as early as age one.

For the hepatitis B vaccine is usually given in three doses. It is most effective if it is given before a person is exposed to the virus, and the first dose can be given as early as birth. The second and third doses are given one and six months after the first dose.

The hepatitis C vaccine is not yet available.

If you are at risk for hepatitis, please consult your doctor about getting vaccinated. You can also get more information about the vaccine by visiting our website or contacting us directly. At AFC Louisville, we are committed to helping people stay healthy and protecting them from diseases like hepatitis.

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