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Ever received hepatitis B vaccine

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SHOTHEPBEV indicates whether sample adults had ever received the hepatitis B vaccine.

Along with the question, "Have you ever received the hepatitis B vaccine?," the survey form included the following information, which interviewers were to read "if necessary":

This [the hepatitis B vaccine] is given in three separate doses and has been available since 1991. It is recommended for newborn infants, adolescents, and people such as health care workers, who may be exposed to the hepatitis B virus.

The Field Representative's Manual for 2000-2003 provided the following additional information, which was not routinely shared with respondents:

This relatively new vaccine protects against a certain type of viral liver infection (hepatitis) which affects many adolescents to young adults. It is usually given as a series of three injections in the first two years of life, beginning between birth and 2 months of age.

Those with an affirmative response in SHOTHEPBEV were asked a follow-up question about the number of doses (less than 3 versus at least 3) of hepatitis B vaccine they had received (SHOTHEPBNO).


This variable is completely comparable over time.


  • 2000-2013; 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018: Sample adults age 18+.


  • 2000-2018