What is Hep B? Hepatitis B Foundation to speak with us today

The Hepatitis B Foundation in Philadelphia is giving a presentation today for our students.
APAMSA, ACOFP, Internal Medicine Club, Infectious Disease Club, and Public Health Club are co-sponsoring this event. 

But first, what is Hepatitis B? Why do I always hear about Hep B, & why is it important?
According to the CDC, 2 out of 3 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders don't know they are infected with Hep B
Hep B is an infectious disease caused by HBV (the hepatitis B virus). It affects the liver. It can cause both short (acute) and long-term (chronic) infections.
Visit the CDC to learn more


What can you do?

You can ask your doctor to see if you ever got the vaccine. Many times, people think they got the Hep B vaccine but actually got a different one for another Hepatitis. 

Then, you can ask your doctor to test your immunity. 
Your doctor will take your blood (called a "titer") and send it to the lab to test. 


Image from the US National Library of Medicine at NIH.gov


If you are immune--congratulations! 
You just protected yourself from a disease that causes liver damage.

What to do if you are not immune?
Sometimes, even though we got the vaccine, the immunity wears off after a few years and we need what's called a "booster shot" to boost it. 
Some people get the vaccine and get lifelong immunity, some people don't--both are normal.

If you find out that you are not immune (even if you used to be)--get a booster shot ASAP!
Ask your doctor about helping you become Hep B immune. It's like music to your doctor's ears!

What can you expect?
If you had the vaccine before and lost immunity over time:
You have 2 options:

Option #1
You can choose to re-do the "Hep B series," which are 3 shots spaced across different months. You get your blood drawn to test the immunity a month after the last shot
Total time it takes to find out if you are immune: 7 months

Option #2
You can choose to get the "Booster shot" first and then come back the next month to get your blood drawn to test your immunity. Sometimes, the Booster shot is enough when you have had the vaccine before. Sometimes, it's not, and that's okay. 
If you find out you are still not immune after the Booster shot, then your doctor will put you on what's called a "Fast Track" and give you the 2nd shot ASAP. The 3rd shot will be a few months after and you will get your blood drawn again to confirm that you are now immune!

It only takes 3 shots to prevent Hepatitis B and protect yourself and your loved ones!

If you have never gotten the vaccine before:
You need the Hep B vaccine ASAP! 
This is important for everyone, especially if you work with other people or the public. You need to protect yourself in order to protect others. 

Hep B is often passed on during childbirth, and the reason why it's so high in the Asian community is because people usually don't get vaccinated (or lost their immunity) and then accidentally pass on Hep B to their children. 

Ask your doctor about giving you the Hep B series, which are 3 shots spaced either 0, 1, and 6 months apart or 0, 1, and 2 months apart. Timing is very important for the Hep B vaccine to get immunity. You can ask your doctor what they recommend for you and decide which option you want. 

This information is for general awareness. Ask your doctor to confirm your situation, and know that you have options in protecting yourself from preventable diseases! Hep B is known as a "silent killer" because people could have liver damage but not know it until it's too late.  




The Hepatitis B Foundation is giving a talk today to our students about Hep B. 
More awareness and education are always important!
APAMSA, ACOFP, Internal Medicine Club, Infectious Disease Club, and Public Health Club are co-sponsoring this event. 

Dr. Chari Cohen and Pavitri Diwivedi of the Hep B Foundation will present today in Zedeck auditorium in Evans Hall at PCOM, 12-1 PM. 

Pavitri is also a current PCOM student in Biomedical Sciences and the Public Health Program Manager for the Hepatitis B Foundation. Dr. Chari Cohen is the Director of Public Health for the Hepatitis B Foundation. 

We will be sure to update our website and provide you with details of what we learned at the event!

Jacky So

We are an organization of medical students committed to addressing the unique health challenges of APA communities through education, outreach, advocacy, and service.

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