Immunizations

Hepatitis B Vaccine

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.