What is Hepatitis B? Hepatitis B is a serious virus that causes inflammation of the liver. You can be infected directly, through infected blood or body fluids, sharing needles; or indirectly, by coming in contact with surfaces or objects contaminated with the Hepatitis B virus.
How is Hepatitis B Transmitted? Some common ways of getting Hepatitis B include contact with infected blood/body fluids through:
repeatedly sharing an infected person's toothbrush
razor or earrings
cuts and scrapes during contact sports
and potentially by piercing or tattooing
Symptoms of Hepatitis B The symptoms usually associated with Hepatitis B include:
loss of appetite
nausea & vomiting
upper right abdominal pain
light gray stools
jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
Prevention To protect yourself from Hepatitis B, get vaccinated. It consists of a series of three (3) injections at specific intervals over a six (6) month period. Additional information on Hepatitis can be obtained from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) at: CDC Hepatitis
Receiving Vaccination The Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended, but not required, for students attending NIU. The Preventive Medicine department offers the Hepatitis B vaccine for a charge. Students who have had doses administered at home can complete the series at Health Services.