Vaccine-preventable hepatitis A & hepatitis B continue to infect thousands of Americans every year. These two viruses attack the liver and can cause flu-like illness, vomiting, abdominal pain, yellow skin and eyes, appetite loss, exhaustion and dark urine. Chronic hepatitis B increases your risk of serious liver disease, including cancer, and the acute forms of both viruses are particularly dangerous for people who are already living with hepatitis C and HIV.
According to the Centers for Disease Control people who should be vaccinated for hepatitis A and hepatitis B include anyone who is sexually active, Hepatitis C positive, HIV positive, or has a history of injection drug use.
In response to these recommendations, the Hepatitis Education Project is partnering with Public Health - Seattle & King County and local organizations to provide FREE combination hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccine to at-risk adults, including:
Persons living with chronic hepatitis C (HCV).
Persons who have a history of drug use, either injection or non-injection.
Persons who have a history of high risk sexual practices or have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease.
Persons who have sexual contact with someone infected with viral hepatitis.
Men who have sex with men.
People must recieve 3 does of the Hepatitis A/B vaccine to be fully protected--at month 0, 1 and 6. We can start you on the series, or complete it series for you if you have previously recieved 1 or 2 doses elsewhere. This service is made possible thanks to the support provided by the team of volunteer nurses who are serving with HEP to administer the vaccine.