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Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B
is a serious liver disease which can be prevented. The Ontario Ministry of Health provides vaccine for a voluntary hepatitis B prevention program. Grade seven students in Ontario are offered the opportunity to be immunized against hepatitis B at an age before which they are most likely to be exposed to the virus. In the Region of Peel, immunization against hepatitis B has been available for students in Grade seven since 1994. The vaccine has been administered free of charge, upon parental consent, by Peel Health nurses in school-based immunization clinics.

Hepatitis B vaccine is also offered free of charge to other high-risk groups and youth (under 18 years of age) who are no longer in school.

To find out if you are eligible or for more information about Hepatitis B immunization call Peel Health at: 905-799-7700.

Caledon residents call free of charge, 905-584-2216.

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