Immunization protects you from disease.Get protected, get immunized.
The HABV vaccine protects against the hepatitis A and hepatitis B viruses.
People with liver problems get this vaccine. You should also get this vaccine if you’re at risk for hepatitis A and B because of:
Talk to a public health nurse to find out if you can get HABV vaccine for free. You may need a blood test to check if you’re already protected.
You may also benefit from the vaccine if you travel to an area that has a high risk of hepatitis A and B. If you get the vaccine because of travel, it’s not free. If you can’t get the vaccine for free, check with your health insurance provider to see if your plan covers the cost.
Most people need 3 doses, which are given over 6 months.
Hepatitis B (HBV) vaccine protects against hepatitis B virus. Grade 6 students get this vaccine in school. Most people born in 1981 or later who went to school in Alberta have had this vaccine.
DTaP-IPV-Hib-HB vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio,
Haemophilus influenzae type b, and hepatitis B. It’s part of the routine vaccines that children get when they’re young. Children born on March 1, 2018, or later in Alberta and children born outside of Alberta may have had this vaccine.
Hepatitis A (HAV) vaccine protects against hepatitis A virus. People who travel often get this vaccine.
If you’ve already had hepatitis A or B vaccines, you don’t need the HABV vaccine. Check with a public health nurse or your healthcare provider if you aren’t sure if you’ve already had hepatitis A or hepatitis B vaccines.
After 3 doses given as recommended, protection is about:
If you can get this vaccine for free, contact the public health office in your area. If you want the vaccine and need to pay for it, contact a travel health clinic or talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
There can be side effects from the HABV vaccine, but they tend to be mild and go away in a few days. Side effects may include:
It's important to stay at the clinic for 15 minutes after your vaccine. Some people may have a rare but serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. If anaphylaxis happens, you will get medicine to treat the symptoms.
It’s rare to have a serious side effect. Call Health Link at 811 to report any serious or unusual side effects.
You may not be able to have the vaccine if you:
Check with your doctor or a public health nurse before you get the vaccine.
You can still have the vaccine if you have a mild illness such as a cold or fever. Always tell your healthcare provider if you have allergies or if you’ve had a side effect from a vaccine in the past.
What is hepatitis A?
Hepatitis A is an infection in the liver that’s caused by the hepatitis A virus. Symptoms include poor appetite, nausea, feeling tired, fever, and yellow skin and eyes (jaundice). The symptoms can be serious and last for months.
One out of 4 adults who get this infection need to be admitted to a hospital. In rare cases, it can cause death.
You are at high risk for serious illness from hepatitis A if you:
Hepatitis A spreads through infected stool by getting onto hands or into food and water, and then into the mouth.
What is hepatitis B? Hepatitis B is an infection in the liver that’s caused by the hepatitis B virus. Symptoms include poor appetite, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and yellow skin and eyes (jaundice). Some people do not have any symptoms.
One out of 10 adults infected with hepatitis B has an infection that doesn’t go away (called a chronic infection).
Hepatitis B spreads through:
Current as of: October 28, 2020
Author: Provincial Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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