Hepatitis B Shots in Greensboro
Here at Mediq Urgent Care, we provide a number of shots and vaccinations to our patients, including Hepatitis B vaccinations. If you haven’t been vaccinated against Hepatitis B, then we highly recommend visiting us in order to get vaccinated. Because we are a walk-in clinic in Greensboro, you can come at a time that’s convenient for you without the need to schedule an appointment.
What is Hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B is a liver disease that ranges from mild to severe and that can last between a few weeks to an entire life time. An acute Hepatitis B infection is a short-term illness that generally develops within six months of being exposed to it. However, it can grow into a chronic infection, which is a long-term illness.
Hepatitis B is a contagious disease that can be spread in a number of different ways, including through a mother to her newly born baby, through semen, through blood and through other bodily fluids. Hepatitis B does not always cause symptoms, but some of the symptoms that do sometimes occur due to infection include:
- Abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Joint pain
- Loss of appetite
Hepatitis B Vaccination
The Hepatitis B vaccination is a safe and effective way to prevent the virus. The vaccination is typically given as three to four shots over a six-month period. The following are the types of patients for whom Hepatitis B vaccinations are generally recommended:
- Babies – Babies should be given their first Hepatitis B vaccination dose at birth and the rest of their series between the ages of six months and 18 months. Younger children are more vulnerable to developing chronic Hepatitis B if they are infected.
- Children under the age of 19 – Children that haven’t been vaccinated at an early age should be given catch-up vaccinations.
- Adults – Adults who haven’t been vaccinated for Hepatitis B should strongly consider getting their vaccinations. They are particularly at risk if they:
- Are sexually active and not in a long-term and monogamous relationship.
- Have diabetes.
- Have HIV.
- Have chronic liver disease.
- Are traveling to a region with high rates of Heptatis B.
- Have predialysis, peritoneal dialysis or hemodialysis.
- Work as a health care or public safety worker and are at risk for exposure to blood or blood-contaminated fluids while on the job.
- Are in close household contact with somebody that’s infected with Hepatitis B.
- Are sharing needles or syringes with others.
- Are seeking treatment for a sexually transmitted disease.
If you have yet to be vaccinated for Hepatitis B, then you should consider getting the series of shots even if you are not part of the group that is at the highest risk of catching the virus. You can contact us at Mediq Urgent Care to schedule an appointment for your Hepatitis B vaccination or to request more information about our vaccination process. You can also simply walk in at any time that is convenient for you. We are open seven days a week, 12 hours a day.