High Risk Hepatitis B Immunisation Program
The following susceptible people can receive a free vaccine through the state supported High Risk Hepatitis B program. A blood test to determine hepatitis B status will be required before starting the vaccination course in individuals over the age of 15 years of age:
- people who inject drugs
- detainees and new humanitarian refugees (all ages). See the New Arrival Refugee Immunisation Program
- sexual contacts of people with chronic or acute hepatitis B infection
- household contacts of people with chronic or acute hepatitis B infection, including adults adopting children from overseas who have chronic or acute hepatitis B
- people who have HIV, chronic liver disease and/or hepatitis C
- inmates of correctional and youth justice facilities
- men who have sex with men
- clients of sexual health services
- sex workers
- homeless individuals
- adults of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent
- individuals with developmental disabilities.
Where to go
For those eligible to receive a free vaccine, contact your doctor or community health centre to arrange an appointment.
For further information on vaccine providers, see the Immunisation services page.
Information for health professionals
Pre vaccination screening
Pre vaccination screening to determine the hepatitis B status of individuals considered high risk to hepatitis B infection is required prior to commencing the course of hepatitis B immunisation.
When requesting serology, the doctor must write the following on the request form “? chronic hepatitis B” for hepatitis B testing to be Medicare rebatable.
For information on:
- how to interpret hepatitis B serology, see the Hep B Help website
- resources for GPs, see the Hep B Help website
- High Risk Hepatitis B Program, contact SA Health's Immunisation Section
- Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM)