Hepatitis B vaccine

Alternative Names

Vaccine – hepatitis B; Immunization – hepatitis B

Definition of Hepatitis B vaccine

The hepatitis B vaccine protects against hepatitis B, a serious viral disease that damages the liver. This vaccine is one of the recommended childhood immunizations, but many adults also need to be vaccinated.


David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 12/18/2010

Hepatitis B virus

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