Targeted Disease: Hepatitis B (viral disease targeting the Liver)
Rates have dropped from an average of 200,000 per year in the 1980s to around 18,000 in 2012
Hepatitis B Prevelance
Hepatitis B is an infection in the liver that can cause liver failure, cancer, and even death. It can spread through blood transmission. For the most part, the body fights it off quickly, causing immunity. In some cases, the disease becomes a carrier, where symptoms aren't expressed, but the patient still carries the disease and can pass it on.
The vaccine works by causing your body to produce its own antibodies against the disease. Hepatitis B vaccine recombination is made without any human blood or blood products or any other substances in the human body. It is not a live vaccine, so the patient cannot get Hepatitis B from the vaccine.