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: • sexual contact • sharing needles • 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 • fever • headache • brownish urine • 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.