What is hepatitis B vaccine?Immunizations start at birth. The first immunization given is the hepatitis B vaccine. Listed below are some facts about hepatitis B:
- Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver caused by hepatitis B virus.
- Potentially, there may not be any symptoms present when first infected (the likelihood of early symptoms decreases with the person's age); if present: yellow skin or eyes, tiredness, stomach ache, loss of appetite, nausea, or joint pain may occur.
- The younger the person is when infected with hepatitis B, the greater the likelihood of staying infected and having life-long liver problems, such as scarring of the liver and liver cancer.
- The disease is spread through contact with the blood of an infected person or by having sex with an infected person.
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