Hepatitis A & B - Free Vaccine Program

Hepatitis A and B - Free Vaccine ProtectionHepatitis A and Hepatitis B are viruses that infect the liver and can cause serious illness. Vaccine protection is available for both viruses.

Hepatitis A Vaccine is free for:

  • People with chronic liver disease
  • Household and sexual contacts of a person with hepatitis A
  • Injection drug users
  • Men who have sex with men

Hepatitis A is spread:

  • from an infected person who doesn’t wash their hands properly after a bowel movement
  • by eating food or drinking water that has been contaminated with the virus
  • through sexual activities that includes any contact with the anal area (bum)
  • by sharing contaminated needles and syringes

Hepatitis B vaccine is free for:

  • People with chronic liver disease
  • Household and sexual contacts of acute and chronic carriers of hepatitis B
  • Injection drug users
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Infants born to carrier mothers
  • Patients on renal dialysis and those with diseases requiring frequent receipt of blood products
  • Children and adults awaiting liver transplants
  • Those having needle stick injuries in non-health care settings
  • Hepatitis B school immunization program – Grade 7 students
  • Children 7 years and younger who have immigrated from countries with high rates of hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C carriers who are non-immune to hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is spread through direct exposure to blood or body fluids.

TwinrixTM is a vaccine that combines the Hepatitis A and B vaccines and requires fewer needles. TwinrixTM is available through the Health Department however it is not part of the free vaccine program and clients must pay for it.

Contact your doctor, healthcare provider or the Halton Region Health Department to ask about the Hep A and/or Hep B vaccine.