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Can I get hepatitis C from air gun vaccinations?

Can I get hepatitis C from air gun vaccinations?

Depends on device: Past jet injectors or air gun injectors used in vaccinations were able to transmit very tiny amounts of material (such as blood) from one person to another, and so were able to transmit hepatitis viruses. Current jet injection devices, if approved by the fda, are supposed to prevent cross-contamination among patients (most likely by using disposable single-dose vaccines). ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses, including most commonly hepatitis a, hepatitis b, and hepatitis c, or by toxins (eg alcohol). The liver swells, it doesn't work properly leading to a failure to detoxify some biochemical substances, and a failure to excrete bilirubin, leading to jaundice. Some cases are fatal, ...Read more


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What happens if you are diagnosed with hepatitis, if you go and get the vaccination will it go away?

What happens if you are diagnosed with hepatitis, if you go and get the vaccination will it go away?

No: The vaccine has no value for treatment. It is for protection before exposure. Getting it afterward is like locking the barn door after the animals run away. ...Read more

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What side effects can I expect from hepatitis vaccinations?

What side effects can I expect from hepatitis vaccinations?

Little if any: Both vaccines (for hepatitis a and for hepatitis b) are well tolerated. Some pain at the injection site can occur. ...Read more

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Can there be any problem if the 3 dose of hepatitis b vaccinations completed in 3 months?

Can there be any problem if the 3 dose of hepatitis b vaccinations completed in 3 months?

Get a repeat in 12 m: It is ok to have an accelerated schedule of vaccinations for hepatitis b, but the amount of antibody your body makes if usually lower than if you got vaccines at months 0, 1 and 6. You can either get your hepatitis b surface antibody titer checked and if it is high you are protected. If low, get a repeat vaccine in 9 - 12 months. ...Read more

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For what reasons do we need 3 does of certain vaccinations like hepatitis b?

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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If i'm on the hepatitis b vaccination for 0, 7 , 21 day schedule - can I have my third shot later than the 21st day?

If i'm on the hepatitis b vaccination for 0, 7 , 21 day schedule - can I have my third shot later than the 21st day?

Yes: This can be delayed weeks or months and still be effective. You will not have to start over. However, you will not be fully protected until you complete the series. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get hepatitis b with vaccination?

Yes: About 5% of the us population has a genetic background that makes them unable to respond to the hepatitis b vaccine. If you work in a high risk occupation (like health care) or engage in higher risk behaviors, it is best to have your hepatitis b surface antibody titer checked to make sure you responded. People who don't respond get different management if they have a high risk exposure. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

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