Hepatitis B spreads when blood or another body fluid (salivary, seminal, or vaginal) from a person infected with Hepatitis B virus enters the body of someone who is not infected.
High risk activities that exposes a person to contracting Hepatitis B include sexual contact with an infected person, having multiple sexual partners, getting a tattoo or body piercing using unsterilized instruments, or sharing contaminated needles, syringes, or other drug-injection equipment. An infected mother can also pass hepatitis B to her baby at birth.
It is important to remember that hepatitis B is not spread by coughing, sneezing, hugging, and sharing food. It is spread through direct contact with infected blood and bodily fluids.
What can people do to prevent the spread of Hepatitis B Virus?
Hepatitis B vaccines has been in use since 1982. The vaccine has an outstanding record of safety and effectiveness, with most people developing antibodies after having three separate doses.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the hepatitis B vaccine for all newborns, children up to 18 years of age, and all adults at higher risk for infection ( Risk factors of Hep B).
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the hepatitis B vaccine for all newborns, children up to age 18, adults 19-59 years of age, and adults 60 and older who are at high-risk for infection.( Risk factors of Hep B)
This indicates that everyone is at risk of getting Hepatitis B infection, since everyone is at risk, it is encourage to get tested and vaccinated against the Hepatitis B virus. Vaccination gives a lifetime protection against a preventable chronic liver disease. (book for testing and vaccination)
The hepatitis B vaccine is also known as the first “anti-cancer” vaccine because it prevents hepatitis B, the leading cause of liver cancer worldwide.
Testing is the only way to know if you or your loved ones have a current infection and can spread the virus.
Three-Dose Hepatitis B Vaccine Schedule
The hepatitis B vaccine is available at HealthNeutron. You can get vaccinated at the comfort of your home or office. Book for Hepatitis B vaccine at (book for testing and vaccination)
Three doses are generally required to complete the hepatitis B vaccine series.
- 1st Shot – This is given after you test negative for the Hepatitis B screen (HBsAg). Book for the test at (Booking Portal (healthneutron.com))
- 2nd Shot – the 2nd shot is given at least one month after the 1st shot.
- 3rd Shot – this is the last shot given, and it is given at least 4 months (16 weeks) after the 1st shot (at least 3 months after the 2nd shot).
You do not need to restart the hepatitis B vaccine series if you miss any of the shots. You first need to check if you are still protected by testing for Hepatitis B profile (Book here), that will confirm whether the vaccination was successful and efficient.
After completion of the vaccination series, you can also confirm to be certain if you are protected. This is done by checking for hepatitis B Profile test (Book here).
It takes only a few shots to protect yourself and your loved ones against hepatitis B for a life