Hepatitis B

Florida Law
Florida law now requires that post-secondary institutions provide detailed information concerning the risks associated with Hepatitis B and the availability, effectiveness, and known contraindications of any required or recommended vaccine to every student, or to the student’s parent if the student is a minor, who has been accepted for admission.

Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis B virus (HBV). Hepatitis B is transmitted when blood, semen, or another body fluid from a person infected with the Hepatitis B virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. This can happen through sexual contact; sharing needles, syringes, or other drug-injection equipment; or from mother to baby at birth. For some people, hepatitis B is an acute, or short-term, illness but for others, it can become a long-term, chronic infection. Risk for chronic infection is related to age at infection: approximately 90% of infected infants become chronically infected, compared with 2%–6% of adults. Chronic Hepatitis B can lead to serious health issues, like cirrhosis or liver cancer. The best way to prevent Hepatitis B is by getting vaccinated..

The Vaccine
There is no cure for Hepatitis B, but the infection can be prevented by vaccination. The Hepatitis B vaccine is available for all age groups to prevent Hepatitis B virus infection.
Check out the following link for more information on Hepatitis B. http://www.cdc.gov/ncidid/diseases/hepatitis/index.htm