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Hepatitis is a condition in which the liver is inflammed and unable to function properly, caused by a virus.
People who have Hepatitis B may not show any symptoms at all. However, some people may have symptoms like:
Hepatitis B is very serious. It can lead to complications like:
Those who recover completely from Hepatitis B infection are immune to the disease. However, 1 in 10 people who get infected with the virus become carriers. A carrier is someone who carries the Hepatitis B virus permanently in their body. Hepatitis B carriers seldom show any symptoms. However, they can:
If you have never been immunised or do not have antibodies from having a previous Hepatitis B infection, you are at risk of Hepatitis B infection.
The Hepatitis B virus is spread through the following ways:
To minimise your risk of Hepatitis B infection, avoid situations that put you at risk.
Get vaccinated. The Hepatitis B vaccination is safe and also extremely effective if you complete all three doses:
1st dose: at the appointed date2nd dose: 1 month after the first date3rd dose: 5 months after the 2nd dose
Make sure you complete all three doses.
Download this brochure to learn more about Hepatitis B.
This article was last reviewed on
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
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