Vaccination Recommended For Aduls At High Risk For Hepatitis B Virus

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Hepatitis B

Frederick Health Department has increased its capacity to administer hepatitis B and combined hepatitis A and B vaccine to adults who are most at risk for exposure to the hepatitis B virus (HBV).

Funding for this project has been made possible through The Center for Immunization of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH).


Darlene Armacost, Communicable Disease Program Manager states, "We are very pleased to extend this opportunity to the community and to raise awareness about hepatitis B. Hepatitis B vaccination is the most effective measure to prevent HBV infection and its consequences."

The hepatitis B vaccine is being offered for free until supplies are exhausted to adults who meet one of the high risk criteria described below. For those adults who do not qualify, hepatitis B vaccine will continue to be available on a fee for service basis. Those interested may call 301-600-3342 for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Those who are at high risk for hepatitis B include: