Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver. It’s caused by a virus that’s spread through blood and body fluids. It can affect anyone but some people are at higher risk of infection. Get medical help if you think you’ve been exposed to hepatitis B or have symptoms of it.
The hepatitis B vaccine is given to infants as part of the childhood immunisation programme and to those who are at high risk of developing the infection.
You do not need to pay for the vaccine if your child is eligible to receive it or if born to a hepatitis B-infected mother. Others may have to pay.