Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a disease that causes liver problems. To be protected from the hepatitis B virus you will need to have 3 hepatitis B vaccine injections over a 6 month time period. Or prove that you have had the 3 injections. If you believe you had the injections bring your vaccination/ immunization record to our office. If you think you had the injections but have no record of them, then we can draw a hepatitis B titer - this is a blood test to check for immunity to hepatitis B. The hepatitis B titer cost is $9.00.

The Hepatitis B immunization series is as follows:

You will receive the first injection at your initial visit. The second injection is due 1 month later. The third injection is due 5 months after the first injection or no sooner than 4 months after the second injection.

You may not obtain hepatitis B at our office if:

  1. You are allergic to yeast, latex, or any of the components of the vaccine. Ask your physician if you are unsure.
  2. Are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  3. Are currently ill or have a chronic immunosuppressive disease.
  4. Are taking any anticoagulant medication (blood thinner) or have a bleeding disorder.
  5. Had a prior reaction to a hepatitis vaccine or a related vaccine.
  6. Have been diagnosed with hepatitis B.
  7. Have ever been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis