What it is
Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver caused by hepatitis B virus. This is a blood-borne disease and can be very serious.
How it can affect you
Hepatitis B causes a flu-like illness with loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, rashes, joint pain, and jaundice. The virus stays in the liver of some people for the rest of their lives and can result in severe liver diseases, including fatal cancer.
Vaccine for Protection
Adults who are at risk for hepatitis B infection, such as healthcare workers, and adults who have certain chronic health conditions like diabetes, renal disease, chronic liver disease, or HIV infection and adults who are at risk of sexually transmitted infections, should get three doses of HepB vaccine.
to access the CDC Hepatitis B Immunization page for more information.