Vaccine-preventable hepatitis A & hepatitis B continue to infect thousands of Americans every year. These two viruses attack the liver and can cause flu-like illness, vomiting, abdominal pain, yellow skin and eyes, appetite loss, exhaustion and dark urine. Chronic hepatitis B increases your risk of serious liver disease, including cancer, and the acute forms of both viruses are particularly dangerous for people who are already living with hepatitis C and HIV.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, anyone who is sexually active, Hepatitis C positive, HIV positive, or has a history of injection drug use is at risk and should be vaccinated for hepatitis A and hepatitis B.
In response to these recommendations, the Hepatitis Education Project is partnering with Public Health - Seattle & King County and local organizations to provide FREE combination hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccine to at-risk adults, including:
Persons living with chronic hepatitis C (HCV).
Persons who have a history of drug use, either injection or non-injection.
Persons who have a history of high risk sexual practices or have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease.
Persons who have sexual contact with someone infected with viral hepatitis.
Men who have sex with men.
This service is made possible thanks to the support provided by the team of volunteer nurses who are serving with HEP to administer the vaccine.