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Hepatitis B is a serious disease.
The hepatitis B virus (HBV) can cause short-term (acute) illness that leads to:
It can also cause long-term (chronic) illness that leads to:
About 1.25 million people in the U.S. have chronic HBV infection.
Each year it is estimated that:
Hepatitis B virus is spread through contact with the blood and body fluids of an infected person. A person can get infected in several ways, such as:
About 1/3 of people who are infected with hepatitis B in the United States don't know how they got it.
People should get 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine according to the following schedule. If you miss a dose or get behind schedule, get the next dose as soon as you can. There is no need to start over.
For more information, visit your local health department or Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Arizona Department of Health.