Vaccines against hepatitis B


How is hepatitis B passed on and who is at risk?


Vaccines against hepatitis B work very well and are safe. Getting vaccinated stops children and adults from getting hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B vaccines are made from dead (inactivated) forms of the virus. You cannot get hepatitis B from being vaccinated.

You will usually have the vaccination into the muscle of your upper arm or the outside of your thigh.

In the UK vaccination against hepatitis B is available for free to:

  • Babies
  • People at high risk of hepatitis B
  • People who have just been exposed to the virus (emergency vaccination)


On this page:

Vaccination for babies

Vaccination for people at high risk of hepatitis B

Emergency vaccination