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A 45-year-old member asked:

How often should my child receive hepatitis b vaccine?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 51 years experience
3-dose series, : Hepatitis b vaccination is typically given; 1st dose within 24 hours of birth, 2nd dose at 1-2 months of age, and 3rd dose at 6 mos. Same vaccination can be started at any age with same intervals, i.e., 0, 1, and 6 month.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to get the hepatitis b vaccine while pregnant or as a small child?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Yes, and recommended: If you have not been vaccinated, it is strongly recommended, and all children should receive the vaccine. If you are not vaccinated, and are exposed to the infection, you can develop liver disease and/or cancer.
A member asked:

Why does my child need a hepatitis b vaccine if he is not yet at risk of contracting the disease?

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Dr. Scott Tomaine
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Dangerous disease: Newborns are at risk of hepatits b if the mom is infected and doesn't know it. Some people are silent carriers of this disease. I recommend it at birth even if mom tests negative because it is a safe, effective vaccine against a very bad disease, which causes liver cancer and cirrhosis. It is a series of three shots, and it is required for school attendance.

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