Immunization protects you from disease.Get protected, get immunized.
This vaccine is given to people with liver problems and to people who are at risk for hepatitis A and B (e.g., some bleeding disorders, lifestyle).
Talk to a public health nurse to find out if you qualify for HABV vaccine for free. A blood test may be needed to check that you need the vaccine (are not already protected).
Some people (e.g., travellers) may benefit from HABV vaccine, but it is not free. Check with your health insurance provider as some plans may cover the cost.
Most people need 3 doses, which are given over 6 months.
Many people may have already received hepatitis A or B vaccine and may not need HABV. Some of these people include:
DTaP-IPV-Hib-HB was available in Canada since 2008, but was not used for most infants in Alberta until after February 2018.
Check with a public health nurse or your healthcare provider if you are not sure if hepatitis A or hepatitis B vaccine have already been given.
After 3 doses given as recommended, protection is:
Anyone who qualifies for free vaccine can contact the public health office in their area.
If you do not qualify for free vaccine, you need to pay for it and should contact a travel health clinic (e.g.,
AHS Travel Health Services) or speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
Reactions to the vaccine are usually mild and go away in a few days. They may include:
It is important to stay at the clinic for 15 minutes after immunization because people can have a rare but serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). If anaphylaxis happens, you will be given medicine to treat the symptoms.
Unusual reactions can happen. Call Health Link at 811 to report any unusual reactions.
You may not be able to have the vaccine if you:
You can be immunized if you have a mild illness (e.g., cold), even if you have a fever.
Current as of: January 1, 2019
Author: Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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