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Who is at highest risk for getting Hepatitis B?
In the U.S., individuals at highest risk for hepatitis B infection are those who have sexual contact with a person infected with hepatitis B or engage in risky behaviors such as illegal IV drug abuse, prostitution, men who have sex with men, heterosexuals with multiple sexual partners, and hemodialysis patients. Healthcare workers who are exposed to infected blood or body fluids of patients through contact with needles or medical devices used on patients or when breaches in proper hygiene and/or infection control practices occur, are at high risk for becoming infected with hepatitis B.
IMPORTANT NOTE: NVIC encourages you to become fully informed about Hepatitis B and the Hepatitis B vaccine by reading all sections in the Table of Contents , which contain many links and resources such as the manufacturer product information inserts, and to speak with one or more trusted health care professionals before making a vaccination decision for yourself or your child. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice.