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Dr. John Overholt Dr. Overholt
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
22 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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Is it safe to get hepatitis a vaccine if I am immunocompromised?

Is it safe to get hepatitis a vaccine if I am immunocompromised?

Depends: There are different hep a vaccines and some have different contraindications. Depending on your degree of immunocompromise, the vaccine may still be safe but also may be less effective. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Is the hepatitis a vaccine safe?

Is the hepatitis a vaccine safe?

Yes, very safe: The hepatitis a vaccine is very safe and very effective. It is one of the newer vaccines, and is not a live-virus vaccine. Millions of children and adults have gotten the vaccine without problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Larry Lutwick Dr. Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
45 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Dr. Sarah Kohl Dr. Kohl
Travel Medicine
31 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Who should get the hepatitis a vaccine before traveling?

Adults & Children: Hepatitis a is more common in many parts of the world. Healthy adults and children should be protected prior to travel. Pregnant women who cannot delay their travel plans need vaccination too since they are at high risk of a complication due to hepatitis a illness. People with underlying immune problems should check with their doctor prior to vaccination or international travel. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller Dr. Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
39 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Do I need to get a hepatitis a vaccine before traveling to asia?

Do I need to get a hepatitis a vaccine before traveling to asia?

Should get one: Hepatitis a is endemic (routinely found) in asia. Transmitted by bad food, water-fecal/oral route. Can cause jaundice, fatigue; 1% mortality rate from acute liver failure; does not cause chronic liver disease. Vaccine takes 2 weeks to kick in; 2 shots for long-term immunity; 1st shot will get you through the trip. Worth doing it. ...Read more

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim Dr. Ibrahim
Pain Management
25 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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Wanted to know where can I get a form for a hepatitis a vaccine?

Wanted to know where can I get a form for a hepatitis a vaccine?

Hepatitis A: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/vfc/contacts-state.html http://www.Cdc.Gov/hepatitis/a/afaq.Htm.

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Dr. Marcus Degraw Dr. Degraw
Pediatrics
18 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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I'm leaving for my trip in a few days. Can I still get the hepatitis a vaccine?

Yes: Yes, you can and should, it just may not be as effective. This is especially true if this would be your first dose as hepatitis a vaccine is a 2 dose series meant to be spaced apart by 6 months. Get an appt asap and get this squared away. ...Read more

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Dr. Marybeth Lambe Dr. Lambe
Travel Medicine
41 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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Vaccine shots; what are the consequences if you get your hepatitis a vaccine but don't get hepatitis b shot?

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

Dr. Martin Rubenstein Dr. Rubenstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
41 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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Can you get the hepatitis a vaccine and typhoid vaccine at the same time?

Can you get the hepatitis a vaccine and typhoid vaccine at the same time?

Yes.: It is safe to vaccinate with more than 1 vaccine at the same time. ...Read more

Dr. Vijay Laxmi Misra Dr. Misra
Internal Medicine
18 years in practice
University of Pune, B. J. Medical College
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Is the hepatitis a vaccine effective?

Is the hepatitis a vaccine effective?

HAV vaccine: Hep a vaccine is able to provide protection after 2 weeks of administration and is effective upto 94-100%. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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How is the hepatitis a vaccine given?

2 or 3 shot series: Hepatitis a vaccines come in 2-shot and 3-shot series. Sometimes, hepa and hepb vaccines are combined in the same shot. ...Read more

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Dr. CHERYL COLDWATER Dr. COLDWATER
Pediatrics
34 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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Reactions to hepatitis a vaccine common?

No: Hepatitis a vaccine rarely causes any reactions. It is a killed vaccine so there is no active disease with it. Hepatitis a is one of the most vaccine- preventable viruses. ...Read more

Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy Dr. Ruiz-Healy
Pediatrics
35 years in practice
University of Anahuac School of Medicine
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Is it crucial my teenage son have the hepatitis a vaccine?

Is it crucial my teenage son have the hepatitis a vaccine?

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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Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Who should not receive the hepatitis a vaccine?

Very few exceptions: People who are allergic to any part of the hepatitis a vaccine, and children under age 1 year, should not get the hepatitis a vaccine. For children 12-18 months, parents can ask their doctors about when to get the vaccine. People with vaccine allergies or other allergies can discuss the issue with their primary care doctors, to see if they should or should not get the vaccine. ...Read more

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Dr. Housam Hegazy Dr. Hegazy
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
16 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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After hepatitis a vaccine, I have pains in body?

After hepatitis a vaccine, I have pains in body?

Side effect: One of the side effect of hepatitis a vaccine is myalgia. Which means muscle pain. It is usually transient. ...Read more

Dr. Michael H. T. Sia Dr. Sia
Pediatrics
27 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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What are the symptoms of a reaction to hepatitis a vaccine?

What are the symptoms of a reaction to hepatitis a vaccine?

See below:: Side effects include: pain/redness/swelling at the injection site, fever, tiredness, headache, nausea, and loss of appetite.Remember that your doctors recommend this vaccine because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. ...Read more

Dr. Sarah Kohl Dr. Kohl
Travel Medicine
31 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Why is the hepatitis a vaccine recommended before traveling?

Why is the hepatitis a vaccine recommended before traveling?

Disease likely: Hepatits A is more common in many parts of the globe. When traveling you will want to check with your doctor about hepatitis A vaccination. If possible, plan for vaccination 4-6 weeks prior to departure. Hepatitis A is spread by poor hand washing, food and water. Adults suffer more than children from the illness. Hepatitis A is now a routine vaccine in childhood in the USA. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond Dr. Diamond
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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What is the definition or description of: hepatitis a vaccine?

What is the definition or description of: hepatitis a vaccine?

Prevent disease: An immunization to help prevent hepatitis a disease by helping the body's immune system to recognize and fight the infecction. ...Read more

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Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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Need some help getting the hepatitis a vaccine?

Need some help getting the hepatitis a vaccine?

Hepatitis Vaccine: You can get hepatitis vaccine from your doctors office or a health clinic most insurance covers it. ...Read more

Dr. Vijay Laxmi Misra Dr. Misra
Internal Medicine
18 years in practice
University of Pune, B. J. Medical College
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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 exposed to ...Read more


Dr. Walter Husar
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Hepatitis A Vaccine (Definition)

An immunization to help prevent hepatitis a disease by helping the body's immune system to recognize ...Read more