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Hepatitis B is a serious disease of the liver caused by a virus. Approximately eight percent of the more than 80,000 new cases of hepatitis B that occur each year in the United States are adolescents. There is, however, a very safe and effective vaccine to protect teenagers against hepatitis B.
In 1999 state legislation was passed that required kindergarten and first grade students to be immunized against hepatitis B. State health officials report that the 1999 hepatitis B vaccine requirement has resulted in a major decrease in hepatitis B infections in persons under the age of 20 in Indiana.
Please contact the ISDH Immunization program at 1-800-701-0704 regarding vaccine requirements. Click here for contact information for school corporations http://www.doe.state.in.us/