Getting vaccinated against hepatitis B is safe and very effective. Vaccination is not just about protecting yourself or your children, it is about eliminating viruses from the population as a whole. Also, if a baby or small child gets hepatitis B there is a greater risk it will develop into a life-long infection, which currently cannot be cured.

Today, in Australia, hepatitis B vaccination is recommended at birth and for adults who may be at higher risk of getting it. There are also catch-up vaccinations for young people who did not get vaccinated as a small child. Many of these vaccinations are provided free of charge but it is important to check just what is available in your state or territory. You should also check if the doctor bulk bills for the consultation.

Note: There is no vaccinations available to prevent hepatitis C