Half of all people who get hepatitis B can't tell they have the disease.
The hepatitis B vaccine is provided free to infants or children under the age of seven in combination with other childhood vaccines so that they can be protected against multiple diseases with one shot.
Infants should receive three doses of DTaP-HB-IPV-Hib (105) at 2, 4 and 6 months of age.
The hepatitis B vaccine is given free to children in grade 6 who have not had the vaccine before. For more information about grade 6 immunizations in BC, read HealthLinkBC File #50F.
The Hepatitis B vaccine (25a) is free for those born in 1980 or later and those with medical, lifestyle or occupational risks. Those not eligible for the free vaccine can talk to their doctor or pharmacist about purchasing the vaccine.
Vaccines are very safe. It is much safer to get the vaccine than to get Hepatitis B disease
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