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Dr. Deborah Lim
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Hepatitis B Vaccine (Definition)

The hepatitis B vaccine protects against hepatitis B, a serious viral disease that damages the liver. This vaccine is one of the recommended childhood immunizations, but many adults also ...Read more


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Is hepatitis b vaccine available for babies in a californian hospital?

Is hepatitis b vaccine available for babies in a californian hospital?

Hep B vaccine: Absolutely available in virtually every hospital in the usa. ...Read more

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If my baby ran a fever after the last hepatitis b shot, should she not get the next one?

If my baby ran a fever after the last hepatitis b shot, should she not get the next one?

Yes: Generally fever certainly is not fun, but does not fall under the criteia of a dangerous reaction. And it is still "better" than a serious, potentially life threatening case of the hepatiti b. Immunize! ...Read more

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Who should get a hepatitis B shot?

Who should get a hepatitis B shot?

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

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Is it safe to get a hepatitis b shot if you're on remicade (infliximab)?

Is it safe to get a hepatitis b shot if you're on remicade (infliximab)?

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

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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?

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

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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

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When should my new born get his hepatitis b shot if he didn't get it at the hospital b4 discharge?

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

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Is it recommended to get a hepatitis b vaccine? I'm in my 60s and in good health.

Hepatitis B: 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

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Is it safe to get a hepatitis b vaccine while pregnant?

Is it safe to get a hepatitis b vaccine while pregnant?

Yes: This vaccine is not made from live virus and is ok to receive while pregnant. ...Read more

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Do most hospitals and clinics require you to get a hepatitis b vaccine?

Do most hospitals and clinics require you to get a hepatitis b vaccine?

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

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Is it safe to get a hepatitis b vaccine while on anabolic steroids? Hepatitis b vaccine anabolic steroids

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

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Can the second dose of hepatitis b shot to be administered only two weeks after the first dose?

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

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Is it possible for the second dose of hepatitis b shot to be administered just two weeks after the first dose?

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

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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

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Can I get hepatitis b vaccine pill?

No: There are oral medicines that can be used to treat the virus but the vaccine is only injectable ...Read more

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How often should my child receive hepatitis b vaccine?

How often should my child receive hepatitis b vaccine?

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. ...Read more

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Does my baby really need the hepatitis b vaccine, living in a typical suburb in the u.S.?

Does my baby really need the hepatitis b vaccine, living in a typical suburb in the u.S.?

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

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How long does the hepatitis b vaccine stay in your baby?

How long does the hepatitis b vaccine stay in your baby?

Hep B vaccine: Hepatitis b vaccine is supposed to confer lifelong immunity so your baby should be protected. ...Read more

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Hepatitis b vaccine failure - will it work with 3 more shots?

Hepatitis B vaccine: Kids get 3 shots before age 1. Immunity is known by taking antibody titer. If you are a dentist or medical personnel you can get the adult hepatitis b given 3x again. ...Read more

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How much immunity does the first Hepatitis B vaccine shot provide?

How much immunity does the first Hepatitis B vaccine shot provide?

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

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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

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I I took hepatitis b vaccine the first shot subcutaneously, but my friend told me that it should be given intramuscularly, What should I do now?

I I took hepatitis b vaccine the first shot subcutaneously, but my friend told me that it should be given intramuscularly, What should I do now?

Complete the course: Complete the series over 6 months. Check an antibody titer at the end of the series. You may need another shot in case your antibody titer is not in a protective range. ...Read more

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