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Do You Get A Hepatitis B Shot When Your A Baby
Hep B vaccine: Absolutely available in virtually every hospital in the usa. ...Read more
Depends: If you have never had the disease and want to avoid it get the vaccine. If you have had it, the vaccine would be of no benefit. If you have a low risk lifestyle and don't care if you get it, don't. Unfortunately, this is one disease that can be passed sexually, along with other insidious ways, and could result in severe illness or death. ...Read more
Yes: The hep b vaccine is an inactivated (not live) vaccine so is safe if you are on a biologic like remicade (infliximab). ...Read more
Can I get the 2nd hepatitis b shot after 2 weeks of getting my 1st hepatitis b shot? If not, how long do I have to wait?
Yes: An accelerated vaccine schedule for hepatitis b is at days 0, 7, 21-28, and then 12 months later. This is good for travel or if you are not sure you can come back at week 4. Otherwise, wait until week 4, then come back for your third vaccine at month 6. Most people respond to this series. Remember, 1 -2 vaccinations are better than none, but not as good as following the full schedule. ...Read more
Vaccine shots; what are the consequences if you get your hepatitis a vaccine but don't get hepatitis b shot?
Immunity only Hep A: If you had 2 shot series for hepatitis a you are immune from that viral illness for life. There is a combination hep a/hep b vaccine but it sounds like you were not offered that choice & were started on hep a vaccine alone. Talk to your provider about adding hep b vaccine series now as a series of three doses. ...Read more
When should my new born get his hepatitis b shot if he didn't get it at the hospital b4 discharge?
ASAP: First Hep B vaccine is due as soon as birth. If not given in hospital go to ur pediatrician to get it ...Read more
My son turned 1 month today and I'm not sure if he got his hepatitis b shot when he was discharged from the hospital? What should I do?
Request: Medical records from the hospital or call his pediatrician to verify. Best of luck! ...Read more
Hepatitis b can lead to liver cancer and death. If one gets infected with this virus as an adult there is more of a likelihood of a chronic active infection.
But if you have no risks: not sexually active, no working in healthcare where you may be exposed to blood, not around any shared needles in a drug use environment then your risks are relatively low. ...Read more
Employees=yes: There are such infection control requirements for employees in a hospital or clinic setting. This often includes not only hep B, but vaccines for the full range of potentially contagious diseases. Annual flu vaccines are also a common requirement. This is commonly set to prevent spread of contagious disease to patients and limit liability to the hospital if the employee is exposed in their work. ...Read more
Not really: But if one is not immune, it is really, really a good idea. ...Read more
Is it safe to get a hepatitis b vaccine while on anabolic steroids? Hepatitis b vaccine anabolic steroids
Yes: The Hepatitis B Vaccine is not a live vaccine but is made from dna particles only and cannot cause infection. It is well tolerated and safe. This vaccine is given even to newborn babies (in a smaller dose) 3 doses will normally give immunity for life. There is an accelerated dosing given to those traveling into high risk zones--this dosing requires a later fourth dose. Bad disease--get protected! ...Read more
Minimal: Side effects related to injection site pain at the most. ...Read more
Yes but...: Sure, but probably will not work as well. Studies demonstrate best response in 1-2 monthsthere are no known negative effects of doing it too early however. ...Read more
Is it possible for the second dose of hepatitis b shot to be administered just two weeks after the first dose?
Nope: That is too short of an interval between doses. While doing that second dose won't hurt you, it won't count toward the doses needed for full protection. There has to be a minimum of 4 weeks between doses 1 & 2 for hepatits b vaccine. ...Read more
I had my first hepatitis b shot a few year ago so would I need to start over agin as it's been so long or would it not matter?
Hep b vaccine: No reason to start over. You may continue the 3 dose series. ...Read more
I have been nauseous all day I don't know why, could it be because I got the hepatitis b shot yesterday?
Unlikely: Being nauseated all day is not a common response to hepatitis vaccine. Suspect the two are unrelated, but cannot rule out the possibility. If this keeps up would see a doctor and get evaluated. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more
Likely nothing: Of consequence.Get a more detailed answer ›
Lifetime protection: Years ago they targeted risk groups for the vaccine & it made no dent in the hep b in the country. In hawaii where it sometimes passed mom to baby, they started giving it to all babies & started to see a drop at all ages. Use in infants protects them for a lifetime, no mater what type of lifestyle or exposures they have. I have seen a 9mo with hep b chronic hepatitis/failure & it wasn't pretty. ...Read more
Hep B vaccine: Hepatitis b vaccine is supposed to confer lifelong immunity so your baby should be protected. ...Read more
One Dose Not Enough: Hepatitis B virus occurs world wide; is a cause of serious liver disease; is transmitted thru blood/body fluids. Immunization is effective for prevention & post-exposure management. Vaccination after 2 doses provides protection in up to 80% of recipients and protects 90-95% after 3 doses. Blood test to confirm immunity after vaccination recommended for certain risk groups. Discuss with doctor. ...Read more
Why does my child need a hepatitis b vaccine if he is not yet at risk of contracting the disease?
Safe and effective: Hepatitis b is a serious disease; it can lead to liver cancer and cirrhosis. Expectant mothers are tested for hep b during pregnancy but they may become infected after testing is done. To assure a baby never gets this disease, hep b vaccine is used at birth. The vaccine is safe and it works. In addition, we never think our kids are "at risk" of getting an "adult" disease; until they have it. ...Read more