Who should get the Hepatitis B vaccine?
A vaccine to prevent Hepatitis B has been available since 1982. It is safe and effective. The vaccine is given in 3 separate shots (after one dose you have some protection, after 2 doses more protection and after 3 doses most people are fully protected).
You can ask your doctor about getting tested or vaccinated for Hepatitis B. You can also get vaccinated at one of our Immunization Walk-in Clinics or search for vaccination and other medical services at a location in your borough
The Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for the following people who are at an increased risk:
- infants born to mothers who have Hepatitis B;
- people who live in the same home as someone with Hepatitis B;
- all children at birth--learn more about Hepatitis B & Pregnancy;
- all adults who request protection from Hepatitis B infection
- injection drug users who share needles (get clean needles through one of the many needle exchange locations in NYC);
- health care and public safety workers at risk for exposure to blood or blood-contaminated body fluids;
- persons having sexual contact (vaginal, oral, or anal) with a person who is infected;
- men who have sex with men, particularly those with multiple partners;
- people with multiple sexual partners; (free NYC Condoms are available at locations throughout NYC to help keep yourself safe and healthy).
- people who live in long-term care facilities (such as nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, group homes) or staff of these facilities;
- hemodialysis patients;
- travelers to countries where hepatitis B is common if they are staying for more than 6 months.
Australia & South Pacific
all countries except Australia and New Zealand
all countries except Cyprus and Israel
all countries except Hungary
Malta, Spain, and indigenous populations
Alaska Natives and indigenous populations in Northern Canada
Mexico & Central America
Guatemala and Honduras
Ecuador, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela, and Amazonian areas of Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, and Peru
Antigua-Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, and Turks and Caicos Islands
A special Hepatitis B immune globulin is available for people who are exposed to the virus. In the event of exposure to Hepatitis B, consult a doctor or the health department to obtain the Hepatitis B immune globulin. Call 311 for more information.
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