Can a hepatitis B infection be prevented? How can I protect my loved ones?
Yes, hepatitis B is preventable through a safe and effective vaccine. The hepatitis B vaccine provides lifelong protection. If you, or someone you love, have been diagnosed with hepatitis B, make sure other household members are screened for hepatitis B, and those who are not infected or vaccinated should receive the hepatitis B vaccine.
Hepatitis B is not spread casually, but is transmitted through direct contact with blood and sexual fluids. This can occur through direct blood-to-blood contact, unprotected sex, unsterile needles, and from an infected woman to her newborn during the delivery process. Other possible routes of infection include sharing any sharp instruments such as razors, nail clippers, toothbrushes or earrings, since small amounts of blood can be exchanged through these items. Also, body piercing and tattooing are potential sources of infection if unsterile needles are used. Please visit our webpage to learn more about hepatitis B transmission, and how to protect your loved ones.
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