Hepatitis B Vaccinations
You can contract hepatitis B by coming into contact with the bodily fluids (e.g. blood, semen, vaginal fluid or saliva) of an infected person. That means, you could be exposed by:
- Getting a manicure, pedicure, tattoo, piercing or acupuncture with improperly sterilized tools
- Having sexual contact with an infected partner
- Giving first aid to, or receiving it from, an infected person
- Having a medical or dental procedure with contaminated equipment
- Sharing personal grooming items (e.g. nail clippers) with an infected person
There is currently no cure for chronic hepatitis B infection – but there are vaccines available that can help protect you from contracting it. Hepatitis B vaccines are 95–100% effective when given to people who haven't already been exposed to the virus.
In fact, hepatitis B infection in Canadians less than 19 years of age has virtually disappeared thanks to the national immunization program, resulting in the majority of cases now occurring in unvaccinated adults 25 years and older. Additionally, the Canadian Immunization Guidelines recommend hepatitis B vaccination for anyone who wants to decrease their risk of infection.
Many Peoples locations administer the hepatitis B vaccine on-site.
Check the list below for Peoples locations that administer the hepatitis B vaccine.
‡ Based on a study of 865 patients to evaluate the risk of contracting acute hepatitis B in people aged 23–59 years with diabetes that don’t participate in hepatitis B-related risk behaviours (e.g., injection-drug use, men who have sex with men and multiple sex partners) compared to those without diabetes or hepatitis B-related risk behaviours.
Hepatitis B Vaccination