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Talk to Your Doctor — Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B

This printout contains information about hepatitis A and hepatitis B and questions to ask your healthcare provider. Make the most out of your next appointment by asking about vaccine-preventable hepatitis.*

According to the 2011 National Immunization Survey, many adults may not have been vaccinated against hepatitis A and/or hepatitis B. Routine childhood vaccination recommendations were initiated for hepatitis A in 2005 and for hepatitis B in 1991. It's best to check with your healthcare provider to find out if vaccination against hepatitis A and/or hepatitis B is right for you.

Remember these facts about vaccine-preventable hepatitis*:

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to help prevent hepatitis A and/or hepatitis B infection is by getting vaccinated
  • Any adult seeking protection from these disease-causing viruses can be vaccinated if their healthcare provider thinks it's appropriate

*Vaccine-preventable hepatitis includes hepatitis A and hepatitis B. Hepatitis C is not vaccine preventable.

Questions you may want to ask your healthcare provider:

  • What is my risk of getting hepatitis A and/or hepatitis B?
  • Is hepatitis A vaccination right for me?
  • Is hepatitis B vaccination right for me?
  • Are there any side effects that I should be aware of?
  • Do I need to get up-to-date on any other recommended vaccinations?