Hepatitis A and B Vaccination Resources
Hepatitis A and B can cause serious liver disease, but both diseases can be prevented by getting vaccinated. If you have ever started the vaccination series, it’s never too late to complete it, and you never need to start over.
Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for people at high risk of hepatitis B. This includes men who have sex with men, injection drug users and people at high risk of STDs. It also includes those who live with, or have sex with, people with chronic hepatitis B. Hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for people at high risk of hepatitis A, including men who have sex with men and illicit drug users.
If you have health coverage, contact your regular health provider to ask about hepatitis vaccination. For those at high risk, vaccine is usually covered by insurance.
Low cost hepatitis A and B vaccination is available at the LA Gay and Lesbian Center (LAGLC) Sexual Health Program and the Pasadena Public Health Department’s Travel Immunization Clinic
Vaccination is also available in some pharmacies.
For all clinics and pharmacies it is best to call ahead to find out their hours, make sure they have hepatitis A or B vaccine available for adults and/or children and to ask about the cost.
For those who are 18 years of age or younger, you may be eligible to receive hepatitis vaccine through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program at 11 Los Angeles County DPH Health Center Immunization Clinics. The VFC Program provides recommended vaccines for children who are uninsured, Medi-Cal/CHDP eligible or American Indian/Alaskan Native. Those who are 18 years of age or younger may also be eligible for hepatitis vaccines at these clinics if they have health insurance that doesn't cover vaccines (considered underinsured). Young people age 12-17 may consent to receive HPV and hepatitis B vaccines. For all other vaccines, parental consent is required.
For more information about hepatitis, go to http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/PublicInfo.htm