Vaccine - Hepatitis B - Dialysis or Immunosuppressed

This is a vaccine that decreases your risk of getting hepatitis B, a viral infection of the liver.

This is a vaccine that decreases your risk of getting hepatitis B, a viral infection of the liver.

Hepatitis B is a viral infection of the liver that can cause:

  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Weakness
  • Tiredness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Dark urine
  • Liver failure or liver scarring (cirrhosis) and liver cancer after prolonged infection

The hepatitis B vaccine helps protect you from an infection with the hepatitis B virus. It will not protect you from other liver infections (other types of hepatitis).

This vaccine is a specific dosage and schedule for patients who are immunosuppressed or are receiving dialysis. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends the hepatitis B vaccine for adults with certain risk factors that put them at higher risk for contracting hepatitis B. These risk factors include:

  • People who will be or are receiving dialysis
  • People who have end-stage kidney disease, whether they receive dialysis or not
  • People who aren't in a mutually monogamous relationship
  • Sexual contacts of someone who's infected with hepatitis B
  • Men who have sex with other men
  • People who seek evaluation or treatment for a sexually transmitted disease (STD)
  • People who inject recreational drugs
  • Household members of someone who's infected with hepatitis B
  • People who live or work in a facility for the developmentally disabled
  • Healthcare workers
  • People who work in a facility that provides care for people with a high risk of hepatitis B
  • Public safety workers (such as police or firefighters)
  • People who have diabetes and are age fifty-nine or younger (The vaccine may also be recommended for people age sixty or older, depending on the person's individual situation.)
  • People who travel to a region of the world where hepatitis B is prevalent
  • People who have hepatitis C, chronic liver disease, or HIV
  • Prison inmates

The vaccine may also be given to people who want protection from the hepatitis B virus.

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

  • This hepatitis B vaccine is for dialysis or immunosuppressed patients. It has a slightly different dosage and schedule than other hepatitis B vaccines. Check with your healthcare provider for details.
  • 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 B. Here is a list of questions you can ask about the hepatitis B 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
Immunization Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B Vaccine
Hepatitis B Shot
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