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Hepatitis B vaccine overview

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The hepatitis B vaccine helps protect against the hepatitis B virus. It’s recommended for some people at high risk of getting the infection.

Babies are vaccinated against hepatitis B as part of the routine 6-in-1 vaccine. Some babies and adults need extra doses of the hepatitis B vaccine.

Side effects after having the hepatitis B vaccine are rare, but may include some redness and soreness where the injection was given.

The hepatitis B vaccine protects about 9 in every 10 people who have it.

Page last reviewed: 02/11/2021
Next review due: 02/11/2024