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US Panel Recommends New Adult Vaccine Against Hepatitis B

A federal advisory panel is recommending a new vaccine against hepatitis B.   The vaccine called Heplisav-B was licensed in November and is the first new hepatitis B vaccine in 25 years.   Hepatitis B vaccines have been in childhood shots for decades. The new vaccine is for adults.   The hepatitis B virus can damage the liver and is spread through contact with blood or other bodily fluids. Cases have been rising, a trend linked to the heroin and opioid epidemic....

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