Hepatitis B

What is hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is the most common viral liver disease worldwide. It is transmitted via blood, needle sharing, from mother to child during birth or during sexual intercourse. Hepatitis B is often asymptomatic and transmitted unknowingly. If the disease becomes symptomatic, a yellowish discoloration of the eyes and skin may occur. The disease can progress unnoticed for a long time and cause severe damage to the liver. In the absence of treatment, liver cancer may also occur.


When and how often should I be vaccinated against hepatitis b?

In Switzerland, vaccination against hepatitis B is one of the standard vaccinations given within the first year of life. If no vaccination has yet been administered, this should be done at 11 - 15 years years of age- i.e. before the first sexual intercourse - or at a later time. Depending on age and vaccine, 2 or 3 vaccinations are necessary to achieve lifelong protection.

40-44 CHF per dose

plus consultation and injection fee

What else should I know about the hepatitis B vaccine?

  • The hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for everyone, but for people working in health care, vaccine protection is additionally monitored by a vaccine titer (antibody measuring).

  • The hepatitis B vaccination simultaneously protects against infections with hepatitis D, but not hepatitis A, C or E. Protection against hepatitis D exists because the hepatitis D virus is dependent on the existing  infection with the hepatitis B virus.

  • Further information on hepatitis B can also be found on the website of the FOPH.

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