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Hepatitis B

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Hepatitis B is a viral infection of the liver caused by the Hepatitis B virus.

  • How is it transmitted? Hepatitis B can be transmitted to health care workers by exposure to blood or body fluids from hepatitis B infected patients. The risk of contracting hepatitis B from a needle stick with a hepatitis B contaminated needle is 35-40%. The risk from a splash to the eyes is much less. There is no cure for hepatitis B, but the vaccine can effectively prevent hepatitis B if you are exposed to the virus.
  • Who should take the vaccine? Anyone who is at risk for contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials is strongly encouraged to receive the hepatitis B vaccine series. PLEASE NOTE: The US Public Health Service recommends the hepatitis B vaccine series to all health care workers.
  • How much does it cost? The hepatitis B vaccine is offered free of charge to all faculty/staff who, while performing their job, could come in contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials.
  • How is it administered? It is given as a series of three intramuscular injections: initial, one month later and six months later. OHC uses recombinant, noninfectious hepatitis B vaccine.
  • What if I don’t want to take the vaccine? Anyone at risk for exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials who does not wish to take the hepatitis B vaccine must sign a refusal statement. However, if you later decide that you want the hepatitis B vaccine, OHC will provide you the vaccine at that time at no charge. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that all persons who, while performing their job, could possibly come in contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials be offered the hepatitis B vaccine series. See http://www.osha.gov.

Additional information:

Hepatitis B vaccine

Keywords: Hep B, HBV, Hepatitis B, immunization, inoculation, shot, vaccination

<p>Hepatitis B is a viral infection of the liver caused by the Hepatitis B virus.</p>
<ul>
<li><strong>How is it transmitted?</strong> Hepatitis B can be   transmitted to health care workers by exposure to blood or body fluids   from hepatitis B infected patients. The risk of contracting hepatitis B   from a needle stick with a hepatitis B contaminated needle is 35-40%.   The risk from a splash to the eyes is much less. There is no cure for   hepatitis B, but the vaccine can effectively prevent hepatitis B if you   are exposed to the virus.</li>
<li><strong>Who should take the vaccine?</strong> Anyone who is at risk   for contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials is   strongly encouraged to receive the hepatitis B vaccine series. PLEASE   NOTE: The US Public Health Service recommends the hepatitis B vaccine   series to all health care workers.</li>
<li><strong>How much does it cost?</strong> The hepatitis B vaccine is   offered free of charge to all faculty/staff who, while performing their   job, could come in contact with blood or other potentially infectious   materials.</li>
<li><strong>How is it administered?</strong> It is given as a series of   three intramuscular injections: initial, one month later and six months   later. OHC uses recombinant, noninfectious hepatitis B vaccine.</li>
<li><strong>What if I don’t want to take the vaccine?</strong> Anyone at   risk for exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials   who does not wish to take the hepatitis B vaccine must sign a refusal   statement. However, if you later decide that you want the hepatitis B   vaccine, OHC will provide you the vaccine at that time at no charge. The   Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that all   persons who, while performing their job, could possibly come in contact   with blood or other potentially infectious materials be offered the   hepatitis B vaccine series. See <a title=”OSHA” href=”http://www.osha.gov/” target=”_blank”>http://www.osha.gov</a>.</li>
</ul>
<p><strong>Additional information:</strong></p>
<p><a title=”Hepatitis B Vaccine” href=”http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-hep-b.pdf” target=”_blank”>Hepatitis B vaccine</a></p>
<p>Keywords: Hep B, HBV, Hepatitis B, immunization, inoculation, shot, vaccination</p>

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