HEPATITIS B is a serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). HBV infection can cause acute illness which can lead to chronic or lifelong infection, scarring (cirrhosis) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and death. The acute HBV illness is more common among adults, and includes symptoms of appetite loss, diarrhea and vomiting, tiredness, muscle aches and pain, and jaundice. HBV is transmitted by a puncture through the skin or mucosal contact with infectious blood or body fluids. Hepatitis B vaccination is the most effective way to prevent HBV.
Hepatitis B vaccine (VIS) (65 KB)
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment--Hepatitis