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A 22-year-old male asked:

mom is a carrier for hepatitis b , doctor said our whole family would have it b/c of her, got tested and no one has it , should we be worried ?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Earl Smith
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 11 years experience
Get vaccinated: You should be sufficiently worried to get vaccinated for hep b. Then you won't need to worry.
Dr. You Sung Sang
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
No but getvaccines : Being a carrier is significantly lower risk of transmission than a chronic hep b patient. If all are negative for hep b, everyone in the family should get vaccinated against hep b.

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