Viral Hepatitis Updates from the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is a time to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Communities across the country use this month each year to raise awareness about the critical role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases [including hepatitis A and hepatitis B] across the lifespan.
Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable disease. The hepatitis A vaccine is a safe and effective 2-dose vaccine given over 6 months. Recent large outbreaks among homeless individuals and persons who use drugs underscore the need for increased vaccination among these groups. Find out which populations should receive the hepatitis A vaccine.
Hepatitis B is also a vaccine-preventable disease and is the first vaccine that can prevent cancer. The hepatitis B vaccine is safe and is usually given as 3-4 shots over a 6-month period starting at birth. Immunization programs for infants and adolescents that started in 1991 have resulted in substantial declines in the incidence of HBV infection in young people but many adults are still unprotected. Find out which populations should receive the hepatitis B vaccine.
We hope viral hepatitis partners will use NIAM as an opportunity to share vaccination information with their audiences and help prevent viral hepatitis. Learn more about viral hepatitis basics by clicking here.
Corinna Dan, RN, MPH
Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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