Hepatitis B Vaccine Information

Hepatitis B Vaccination in the Travel & Immunization Clinic for High Risk Populations


There are many ways that people can get hepatitis B. It is possible for people to have hepatitis B and not know it because they do not feel sick. That is why some people need to be tested for hepatitis B before they get the vaccine.  

If you would like to get the hepatitis B vaccine (a 3-shot series), please complete the health risk assessment first and ask yourself the following questions:

    1. Were you born in a country with moderate or highrates of hepatitis B?
      Click here and refer to table 1 (PDF)
    2. Were either of your parents born in a country with high rates of hepatitis B?                                                    
      Click here and refer to table 2 (PDF)
    3. Do you live with anyone who has hepatitis B?
    4. Have you had sex with someone, male or female, who has hepatitis B?
    5. Are you a man who has had sex with men?
    6. Do you currently or have you ever injected drugs?

    If you answered yes to any of the questions, you should be tested for hepatitis B before getting the vaccine. ​​​​

     

    Geographic Distribution of Chronic Hepatitis B Infection Worldwide

    (As measured with HBsAg, 2006)

    Geographic Distribution of Chronic Hepatitis B Infection Worldwide

    Map provided by the CDC

    If you have insurance, visit your primary care provider. The hepatitis B test and vaccine are covered by most insurance plans. Let your doctor know that you might be at risk for hepatitis B and need to be tested. Your doctor should order the following blood tests: 

    1. Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)
    2. Hepatitis B surface antibody (anti-HBs)

    If you do not have insurance, you can contact the following clinics to ask about free or low-cost screening:  

    • Pacific Free Clinic
      1835 Cunningham Ave
      San Jose, CA 95122
      Phone: (650)721-2786 
    • North East Medical Services
      1715 Lundy Ave
      San Jose, CA 95131
      Phone: (408)573-9686 
    • El Camino Hospital
      Registration is required
      Email: [email protected]
      Phone: (650)988-3234

    For more information about hepatitis B, please visit the following websites:

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Know Hepatitis B Campaign 

    The Asian Liver Center at Stanford University ​


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