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Hepatitis Vaccinations

There is a vaccine for Hepatitis A and B and the DC Department of Health encourages District residents to get vaccinated. Consult your medical provider to get more information.

The Hepatitis A vaccine is considered to be effective for 15 to 20 years and immunization is recommended for:

  • children
  • adults
  • injecting drugs users
  • restaurant workers
  • residents of communities with high rates of hepatitis
  • child-care workers
  • people engaging in anal/oral sex
  • people with chronic liver disease
  • health care workers, and
  • individuals travelling abroad to developing countries. 

Adopting healthy and hygienic behavior such as washing of hands regularly are also ways to prevent Hepatitis A.

The Hepatitis B vaccine is also considered to be effective for over 15 years. Vaccination is recommended for:

  • all newborns
  • individuals up to 18 years of age
  • all adults participating in risky behaviors for infection (injecting drug users, healthcare workers, etc).

Practicing safer sex, not sharing drug paraphernalia and handling blood spills correctly with latex gloves and a 10% solution of household bleach are also ways to prevent Hepatitis B transmission.

Unfortunately there is no vaccine for Hepatitis C. Individuals infected with Hepatitis C should request both Hepatitis A and B vaccinations. Practicing safer sex, not sharing drug paraphernalia and handling blood spills correctly with latex gloves and a 10% solution of household bleach are also ways to prevent Hepatitis C transmission.

Contact Phone: 
(202) 671-4900
Contact TTY: 
711