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This vaccine is given to Grade 6 students.
Anyone born in 1981 or later who missed getting the recommended number of doses qualifies for free HBV vaccine.
This vaccine is also given to unimmunized people of any age who are at risk for hepatitis B (e.g., health problems, type of work, lifestyle, contact with the virus). Talk to a public health nurse to find out if you qualify for HBV vaccine for free.
Some adults who were born before 1981 and do not qualify for free HBV vaccine (e.g., travellers) may benefit from it. Check with your health insurance provider as some plans may cover the cost.
Students in Grade 6 need 2 doses, 6 months apart.
Most other people need 3 doses, over 6 months.
People with some types of health problems may need extra doses.
Some people may have already received hepatitis B vaccine as part of a combined vaccine with hepatitis A (e.g., Twinrix®)
Some children may have already received hepatitis B vaccine as part of a combined vaccine with diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and
Haemophilus influenzae type b. (e.g. some children immunized outside of Alberta, Alberta children born after March 1, 2018)
Check with a public health nurse or your healthcare provider if you are not sure if hepatitis B vaccine has already been given.
The vaccine is 95% to 100% effective in healthy people who get all of the doses as recommended.
The vaccine is offered in school to Grade 6 students. It is also offered in school to students in Grade 7 to 9 who missed getting it at the usual time. Information about the disease and the vaccine will be sent to the parent or guardian. If you want your child to get the vaccine, you must fill out the consent form and return it to the school.
If you need the vaccine because of your work or university/college program (e.g., some healthcare workers), talk to your workplace health and safety or student health services department.
Anyone who is eligible for free vaccine can contact the
public health office in their area.
Adults who want the vaccine and need to pay for it, 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.
What it is
Who is most at risk
Anyone can get hepatitis B—almost 1 out of 3 people who have it do not have any risk factors. However, people who have the highest risk are those who:
How it spreads
Current as of: July 16, 2019
Author: Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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