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Doctor insights on: Hepatitis B Immunization Schedule

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Am I still protected from hepatitis b if I didn't follow the vaccine schedule (off by 4 months)?

Am I still protected from hepatitis b if I didn't follow the vaccine schedule (off by 4 months)?

Hepatitis B vaccine: Yes. The hepatitis b vaccine, like other vaccines, trains your immune system to recognize hepatitis b virus as it enters your body and prevent it from infecting you and causing you illness or disease. Many vaccines have multiple doses spread over time to boost or strengthen your immune response. Delay left you less protected during that period but once you got dose 3, you are now fully protected. ...Read more

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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Which is the suitable time or schedule for having hepatitis b booster dose(vaccine)?

Which is the suitable time or schedule for having hepatitis b booster dose(vaccine)?

Which age?: Hep b infant schedule w/ 3 doses given at birth, 1-2 months, ; 3rd dose between 6-18 months for adolescents ages 11-15 there is an alternative 2 dose series given 4-6 months apart adult dose: day 1, one month, ; 3rd dose at 6 months for those adults needing rapid coverage, an accelerated series can be given day 1, day 7, day 21 w/ booster at 12 months. Also a combo hepatitis a/ hep b available. ...Read more

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How long will the hepatitis b immunization protects individuals?

How long will the hepatitis b immunization protects individuals?

Up to 2 decades: Hepatitis b immunization provides protection against symptomatic acute infections and chronic hepatitis b infection. ...Read more

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What immunization should be given to hepatitis b and c negativr cld(chronic liver disease)?

What immunization should be given to hepatitis b and c negativr cld(chronic liver disease)?

Hep B vaccine: You should be vaccinated against hepatitis a & b. Unfortunately there is not yet a vaccine for c. The more common cause of cld is non-alcoholic steatorrheic (or fatty liver), but there are several other causes for which you should be evaluated, several of them uncommon, but need exclusion. See a GI doctor with interest in liver disease. ...Read more

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i have taken the first dose of vaccine of hepatitis B from 8 month but I did not take the second dose ,,now what can i do ,can i take second dose ?

  i have taken the first dose of vaccine of hepatitis B from 8 month but I did not take the second dose ,,now what can i do ,can i take second dose ?

Yes: The second dose of Hep B is recommended after 1-2 months,and the third and final dose in another 4 months (to finish the entire series in ~ 6 months) but can be given later without need for starting over. The intervals between vaccine doses is mainly to ensure minimum interval, meaning that if you get the subsequent dose earlier than recommended, you need to repeat it for proper protection. ...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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What is the probability hepatitis b vaccine failure will lead to chronic hepatitis?

Herd Immunity: This is why universal immunization is a good idea: your chances of catching hepatitis are much lower because most people are immune, and cannot get you sick. ...Read more

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Are hepatitis B and flu vaccine required for nurses or can you opt out?

Are hepatitis B and flu vaccine required for nurses or can you opt out?

Employer dependent: Some employers require these immunizations as a condition of employment. Refuse the immunization, lose your job. Others may allow opting out based on religious grounds or for other reasons. The major reasons the immunizations are required is patient and employee protection. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Dr. Anne Larson
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Hepatitis B (Definition)

Hepatitis b is a viral liver disease. Until vaccines were developed this was a very common cause of hepatitis, and still is in some countries. Hep b is a progressive chronic disease which can lead to cirrhosis and also to cancer of the liver. It is also implicated in the causation ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if the virulent, ...Read more