Vaccine - Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B - Adult

This is a vaccine that decreases the risk of getting hepatitis A and hepatitis B, viral infections of the liver.

This is a vaccine that decreases the risk of getting hepatitis A and hepatitis B, viral infections of the liver.

Hepatitis A and hepatitis B are viral infections of the liver that can cause:

  • Fever
  • Stomachache, nausea, vomiting, and decreased appetite
  • Weakness and tiredness
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Dark urine
  • Headaches
  • Less often, chronic liver disease, liver failure or liver cancer

This vaccine helps protect you from an infection with the hepatitis A and hepatitis B viruses.

  • It will also help protect others as well as the individual who gets the vaccine.
  • However, the vaccine will not protect you from other liver infections.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends this vaccine for adults with certain risk factors that put them at higher risk for contracting hepatitis A and B. These risk factors includes men who have sex with men and people who:

  • Have sexual or household contact with someone who has hepatitis B
  • Live in or travel to countries where hepatitis A or Hepatitis B is prevalent
  • Plan to adopt a child or to care for a newly adopted child from a foreign country where hepatitis A is prevalent
  • Use recreational drugs (This includes injection as well as non-injection drugs.)
  • Receive care in settings where others may have hepatitis B (such as prisons or facilities for STD treatment, drug abuse treatment, dialysis or developmental disabilities)
  • Have an occupational risk (work with hepatitis A infected primates or in hepatitis A research; work in a facility for the developmentally disabled; are at risk of exposure to blood in healthcare or public safety)
  • Have diabetes, HIV or chronic liver disease, including hepatitis C
  • Receive clotting factors for a blood-clotting disorder

It may also be given to people who:

  • Have been exposed to hepatitis A and hepatitis B
  • Live in a community where there is an outbreak of hepatitis A and hepatitis B
  • Want protection from the hepatitis A and hepatitis B viruses

Talk to your healthcare provider to see if you are at increased risk for hepatitis A or hepatitis B.

  • If you have a moderate to severe illness, check with your healthcare provider before you receive the vaccine.
  • You should not receive the vaccine at all if you have a known allergy to any of the components of the vaccine (such as baker's yeast).

Contact your healthcare provider to see if you are at higher risk for getting hepatitis A and hepatitis B. Here is a list of questions you can ask about the combination hepatitis vaccine.

  • Do you recommend this vaccine for me, and why?
  • Does this vaccine need boosters, and when?
  • What are the side effects of this vaccine?
  • What are the risks if I don't get the vaccine?


Also known as:

Vaccine Hepatitis B
Vaccine Hepatitis A
Vaccine - Hepatitis B - Adult
Vaccine - Hepatitis A - Adult
Immunization Hepatitis B
Immunization Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B Vaccine
Hepatitis B Shot
Hepatitis B Immunization
Hepatitis A Vaccine
Hepatitis A Shot
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