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Students Urged to Get Hepatitis B Vaccination

Students Urged to Get Hepatitis B Vaccination

Hepatitis B is a serious, potentially fatal disease, and it is on the upswing in the U.S. It is many more times infectious than HIV, and it is estimated that 1 in 20 persons in the U.S. will become infected with Hepatitis B during their lifetime.

While "Hep B" is incurable, it is preventable via a vaccine and other precautionary measures. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will soon release its recommendation urging that all adolescents and young adults be vaccinated against Hepatitis B. The immunization process requires the administration of three doses of vaccine over a 6 to 9 month period, and the procedure is safe and effective.

MIT offers the vaccine at a subsidized cost ($15/dose), so students have an incentive to get immunized inexpensively while at MIT.

To this end, the MIT Medical Department, MIT MedLINKS, and the Undergraduate Association are sponsoring a Dose 1 Immunization Clinic on Friday, Oct. 28, from noon till 2 p.m. in the Bush Room (Room 10-105). A student ID is a must, but an appointment is not. This step is the first on the course to being "Hep B" free.

We encourage all students, particularly members of the Class of '98 to come in and get the vaccine. It is a prudent decision to make, and it could save a lot of hassle and maybe even your life.

Bobby Wunnava '95, Yvonne R. Chan '95, and Mariah N. Manzanares '95

MedLINK Co-Chairs, Hepatitis B Campaign