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How Long Do The Hepatitis A And B Vaccines Protect You
Likely a lifetime: This question has many variables, but our clinical and scientific/experimental experience with these vaccines suggests that life-long immunity is likely. This is demonstrated by current recommendations of not needing booster doses, even when titers are zero in a person who has been fully vaccinated. These vaccines produce strong anamnestic responses in our bodies to confer longterm protection. ...Read more
Hep a &b vaccines:
Hepatitis b vaccine is good for at least 25 years as we know now if you had successful series of three vaccines and same will hold true for hep a vaccine series of two shots 6 months apart
as we know now no boosters are being given or contemplated to these vaccines, but these vaccines are relatively new and how long immunity will last, will it be life long or not is not known at this time. ...Read more
No: The hepatitis a vaccine is given as a series of 2 injections over 6 months. Once it is given, a lab test can be performed to establish if it was successful. Once the blood test shows the presence of hepatitis a antibody in your blood you are immune from contracting hepatitis a only. There is also a vaccine available for hepatitis b but there is no vaccine available for hepatitis c. ...Read more
By getting the twinrix vaccine for hepatitis a&b, does this make you immune to both, which means you are protected from getting either of the viruses?
Twinrix Vaccine: Yes. Two viruses one shot to begin getting immune to both. Ingenious. ...Read more
I had a hepatitis A vaccine six days ago and have been feeling nauseous since the day after the vaccine. Is this normal? How long should it last?
Should resolve: Side effects of the hepatitis A vaccine usually are mild. Soreness at the site of injection is common. Less commonly, recipients may complain of headache or fatigue, some nausea and abdominal discomfort. This should not last more than week. If it does, see your MD for assessment. Remember that hepatitis A vaccine is two shots, spaced 6 months apart. You may or may not have similar symptoms ...Read more
Yes: They are usually given at the same time. ...Read more
Do most hospitals and clinics require you to get hepatitis a and b vaccines before being employed there?
Hep B vaccine only: Most hospitals do require their employees to get hepatitis b vaccine. ...Read more
Maybe: Depends where and what you are doing. ...Read more
Should a 16 year old homosexual male get vaccinated for HPV before he becomes sexually active? What about the vaccines for Hepatitis A and B?
Vaccines hep A & B: Yes, they are both given as a series. Hep B is a three shot series; the first two are 1-2 months apart and the third is 6 months after the first. Hep A is a 2 shot series two months apart and you should be good. No boosters are required. ...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
Can an accelerated cycle of Hepatitis A/B vaccines cause mild elevation of ALT? Had 0, 7, 31 day adminstration of vaccines now ALT is 118 after 21 days
Elevated ALT: Hepatitis B vaccine has been associated with elevated liver enzymes ALT and AST can be in 200s few days after vaccine with or without autoimmune hepatitis. Usually liver will be back to its baseline in few weeks. If ALT goes up, then seek medical help. Alcohol, high dose Tylenol, cholesterol lowering medications, obesity can also increase ALT. ...Read more
No reason: Why not.Get a more detailed answer ›
Depends: Depends where you live. In texas it is a required vaccine if you want to attend school as there are more cases of hepatitis a as compared to some other states. ...Read more
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