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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there a vaccine for hepatitis b?

10 doctor answers19 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lance Stein
Specializes in Hepatology
Yes: 3 shots are needed.
Dr. Tasleyma Sattar
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: The Hepatitis B Vaccine is given as a 3 shot series and can be started at any age. There is also a vaccine for hepatitis a, but none for hepatitis c.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Yes: The Hepatitis B Vaccine is a safe vaccine that was developed over 20 years ago. It is a series of 3 shots given over 6 months and the shots can be started in newborns. Once you have completed the series, you will have life-long immunity. This is now a vaccination that is required of school aged children.
Dr. Cynthia Point
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Yes: Absolutely. There are several vaccines which work very well. Most children in the US should receive one of the vaccine series in their teen years. Each vaccine has 3 shots to be completed. The shots usually don't cause any serious side effects. Anyone who works in healthcare should be vaccinated, and other people at higher risk should also. This includes anyone with hepatitis C.
Dr. Cynthia Point
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Yes: Family members of someone with hepatitis b should receive the series also. Travelers who expect to be in the countries in asia for prolonged stays should also consider the vaccine. This is because the prevalence of hepatitis b is high there, and it is very contagious through blood, or sexual contact.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes: There is a safe and effective vaccine that can be given at birth and beyond that is recommended. It can be started at any age. It has been around for years.It is prevention for an otherwise untreatable infection.
Dr. Scott Williamson
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: The vaccine for hepatitis b is a three shot series you should be able to get from your physician.
Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care 39 years experience
Yes: Hepatitis b is caused by a virus. Like many viruses, measles, mumps, rubella for instance, an effective vaccine is available. The vaccine for hepatitis b requires 3 injections, spread out over several months to result in immunity to hep b. If the initial series of injections are not effective, then booster shots are often given.
Dr. Kenneth Adler
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Yes: It is a 3 shot series typically given at 0, 1 and 6 months apart.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Yes: It is recommended that the first dose be given at birth.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Hepatitis b vaccine/how is it given?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Shot: 3 shot series over a 6month period.
A 20-year-old male asked:

Can hepatitis b vaccine cause hepatitis b?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
No: The shot contains no living material. It is created in the lab and has no potential for causing disease.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Hepatitis b vaccine is wearing off, what to do?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Get a booster: If you have concerns about waning immunity, you can receive a booster dose.If you had the primary series or part of it, this will help.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What is in the hepatitis b vaccine? How does it work?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Proteins: It works by including one of the viral surface proteins. This causes one's immune system to react and create protective antibodies for the hepatitis b virus. It takes several of the vaccines to get the adequate amount of antibody necessary to protect from disease. Great Question!
A 35-year-old member asked:

Can the hepatitis b vaccine ever expire?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Confusing question: The material we stock at the office does have an expiration date, otherwise known as a use before date.I sense that is not your question. If you complete the series of Hepatitis B Vaccine it is thought to confer lifelong immunity unless you suffer some form of immune altering illness or treatment in the future.

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Last updated Dec 28, 2019

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