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Are Hepatitis Vaccines Important
Yes: Yes, lifetime risk of hepatitis b infection for an average human is at least 5% and its a virus that causes liver failure, need for transplnt, chronic liver disease, liver cancer and death. Hepatitis a, affects mostly adults, but can also cause acute liver failure and death and is spread by food supply contamination and poop/saliva. Hep b is spread sexually, IV drug and blood transfusion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No reason not to: The present form of the vaccine was not available to infants born in the 60's, but i see no reason for them not to get it. In fact, i believe it is required for most health care systems to offer it to any personnel that have patient contact whatever their age. ...Read more
Yes: The vaccines offer you the best available protection against the specific form of hepatitis they are for. However, there are many forms of hepatitis for which there are no vaccines and these may occur in anyone.An example is the toxic effect of an overdose of Acetaminophen or a variety of chemicals. Illnesses like mono and mumps also often have a mild hepatitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Building immunity: Vaccine developers will routinely check the effect of single vs several dose programs to see what is needed to provide long term protection. If one dose works but fades after months & 3 will give you many years of protection, the 3 dose program will be the one adopted. ...Read more
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