How much does the hepatitis B vaccine cost

Vaccination against hepatitis B


Type of vaccine

The dead vaccine consists of parts of the hepatitis virus and is injected into the muscle.

The vaccination against hepatitis B is also offered in combination with other vaccines.


The vaccination protects around 95 percent of those vaccinated from hepatitis B and lasts for at least ten years.

A successful hepatitis B vaccination also protects against hepatitis D virus infection.

Side effects

Reactions such as redness, swelling or pain can occur at the injection site. Occasionally there is also swelling of the nearby lymph nodes. Tiredness, exhaustion, headache and body aches and slight to moderate increases in temperature occur rarely. Elevations in liver values ​​and allergic reactions only occur in isolated cases.

Who should be vaccinated against hepatitis B and when?

Age-related vaccination recommendation - via TK health card

According to the vaccination guidelines of the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA), all infants and toddlers should receive a hepatitis B vaccination at the age of two, three, four months and between the ages of eleven and fourteen months.

In the case of monovalent use, i.e. vaccination with a single vaccine against hepatitis B, or combination vaccines without a pertussis component, the dose can be omitted at the age of three.

Catch-up vaccination (basic immunization of all not yet vaccinated or completion of an incomplete series of vaccinations) between the 15th month of life and the age of 17 years.

A revaccination ten years after vaccination in infancy is currently not generally recommended for children and adolescents. Likewise, a booster vaccination is not generally recommended from the age of 18, but only for certain risk groups.

Medical vaccination recommendation - via TK health card

For newborns: Pregnant women should have their blood tested for hepatitis B antibodies. The examination should - according to the maternity guidelines (MuSchHiR) - take place after the 32nd week of pregnancy, as close as possible to the due date.

If the result is positive, the newborn should be vaccinated against hepatitis B within twelve hours of birth. The same applies if it is unclear whether the mother has hepatitis B antibodies in the blood and a blood test of the mother is not possible immediately.

If the mother does not have hepatitis B antibodies until the days after birth, the child can still be vaccinated within seven days of birth.

For children, adolescents and adults: Children and adolescents belonging to a risk group receive a re-vaccination according to the regulations of the Vaccination Guideline (SiR).

Vaccination against hepatitis B according to the vaccination guideline of the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) is also recommended for the following people with particular health risks:

  • Patients with chronic kidney disease (dialysis) / liver disease / disease with liver involvement / frequent transfer of blood (components, e.g. haemophilia)
  • Patients before extensive surgical interventions (for example using the heart-lung machine),
  • HIV positive
  • Contact with HBsAg carriers in the family / shared apartment
  • Sexual contact with HBsAg carriers or sexual behavior with a high risk of infection
  • Drug addiction, prolonged prison term
  • People at risk through contact with HBsAg providers in a community (kindergartens, children's homes, care facilities, school classes, play groups)
  • Patients in psychiatric facilities or residents of comparable care facilities for people with cerebral disorders or behavioral disorders as well as people in workshops for the disabled

Professional vaccination recommendation - via TK health card

In the event of occupational risk through contact with infected blood or infected body fluids, vaccination against hepatitis B should also be carried out in accordance with the Vaccination Directive (SiR), in particular for the following occupations and exposure conditions, including trainees and students:

  • Health service (including laboratory, technical cleaning / rescue service)
  • Psychiatric / social welfare staff, asylum seekers' homes
  • Garbage disposal or industrial handling of blood (products)
  • Volunteer first responders, police officers, social workers
  • (Prison) staff in contact with drug addicts

If necessary, a risk assessment must be carried out.

Professional vaccination recommendation - employer's performance

According to the ordinance on preventive occupational health care (ArbMedVV), the employer is responsible for assuming the costs in the following areas, which can be found in the appendix of the ArbMedVV, under the exposure conditions listed:

  • Facilities for the medical examination, treatment and care of people and care for the disabled, including those areas that serve to supply or maintain these facilities (activities in which there is regular and extensive contact with body fluids, excretions or tissue can; especially activities with an increased risk of injury or risk of splashing and aerosol formation)
  • Emergency and rescue services (exposure conditions as previously described)
  • Pathology (exposure conditions as previously described)
  • Research institutions / laboratories (regular activities with the possibility of contact with infected samples or suspected samples or with objects or materials containing pathogens or contaminated)

It is best to speak to your employer before the vaccination about possible cost coverage, as the ArbMedVV obliges him to cover the costs of the vaccination.

Travel vaccination for private trips abroad - additional service from TK

Travelers to regions with a high hepatitis B prevalence during long-term stays with close contact with local residents are also advised to be vaccinated in accordance with the vaccination guideline of the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA).

A booster vaccination is recommended if the last vaccination was more than ten years ago.

Travelers are asked to inform themselves in good time on the website of the Federal Foreign Office:

For vaccinations in connection with a private trip abroad, the following rules apply at TK: