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Effectiveness Of Hep B Vaccine
Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more
Recombivax and twinrix injected simultaneously as 1st of vaccine series for hep b post-exposure prophylaxis. Same effectiveness as recombivax alone?
No: The same vaccine is given at 0, 1, and 6 months. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Maybe not: The Hepatitis B Vaccine is 2-3 shots. Some people may have protective antibodies for life, but many people's antibodies decrease as time goes by. Any person at high risk of contact with blood should get his antibody level checked, and get booster shots if his level is low. High risk persons include anyone with a household member who carries hepatitis b, healthcare workers, first responders, etc... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes but...: Only in young infants. Forolder chiildren and adolescents, doses may be given in a schedule of 0, 1, and 6months; of 0, 1, and 4 months; or of 0, 2, and 4 months. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it safe to take BCG, Polio, Measles, Rubella, Meningitis (Quadrivalent) and Hepatitis B vaccines together on the same day?
Contraversial: Not clear as to why some children and even adults get a variety of reactions following vaccines. Obviously, there is an increased incidence of autoimmune problems worldwide, but this may or may not reflect increased vaccine use. No evidence that taking all together vrs separately will make any substantial ultimate difference, but personally, I am NOT clear regarding ultimate safety. ...Read more
Only HepB jaundice: Hepatitis b vaccine will only prevent the jaundice caused by hepb virus infection (and hepa vaccine will likewise only prevent jaundice caused by hepa virus). Jaundice from other causes will not be prevented. Examples are newborn jaundice, hepatitis c, bile duct malformations, gallstones or gallbladder disease, alcoholic liver damage, other viral hepatitis, etc... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Whats the difference between hep b vaccine and hep b booster? Is there differences in formulation? Thanks!
Using this site: You can get the most from this site when you describe a problem and ask a clear related question. You have written a statement, that you need some vaccines. This site does not provide vaccines or referrals. If you have questions about the vaccines you should state them. Otherwise contact your doc & arrange to get them. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Had 2 of 3 Hep B vaccine shots. HEPATITIS B SURFACE ANTIBODY QL is NON-REACTIVE. 3rd shot in June. Am I protected at all until final shot?
Immune System: The Immune System is quite mysterious - it has layers and layers to it actually. One 'crude' way of measuring part of this immunity is through antibody testing. That only measures one branch of the whole thing, however. With Hep B vaccine especially, there is often good T-cell immunity generated, which is NOT routinely measured. You're not quite done with the series, so I would measure afterwards. ...Read more
HBV test results: Hepatitis B Surface Antigen: Nonreactive; Hepatitis B Core Antibodies: Reactive; HBV PCR: Negative. Need any medication or vaccine?
Excellent question: and your story stumps many a doctor, often! :) a lot of the recommendations depend on - are you someone with risk factors for HBV? is this the first time that it has been checked? are your liver enzymes normal? are you about to undergo any procedures/ treatments that could put you at risk for HBV? If you have no sig risk factors, yes, I'd vaccinate you if there's potential for exposure. ...Read more
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