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Is it safe to get the hepatitis b vaccine while pregnant or as a small child?

Is it safe to get the hepatitis b vaccine while pregnant or as a small child?

Yes, and recommended: If you have not been vaccinated, it is strongly recommended, and all children should receive the vaccine. If you are not vaccinated, and are exposed to the infection, you can develop liver disease and/or cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Is it safe to get a hepatitis b vaccine while pregnant?

Is it safe to get a hepatitis b vaccine while pregnant?

Yes: This vaccine is not made from live virus and is ok to receive while pregnant. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a hepatitis b vaccine while on anabolic steroids? Hepatitis b vaccine anabolic steroids

Is it safe to get a hepatitis b vaccine while on anabolic steroids? Hepatitis b vaccine anabolic steroids

Yes: The Hepatitis B Vaccine is not a live vaccine but is made from dna particles only and cannot cause infection. It is well tolerated and safe. This vaccine is given even to newborn babies (in a smaller dose) 3 doses will normally give immunity for life. There is an accelerated dosing given to those traveling into high risk zones--this dosing requires a later fourth dose. Bad disease--get protected! ...Read more

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Why does my child need a hepatitis b vaccine if he is not yet at risk of contracting the disease?

Why does my child need a hepatitis b vaccine if he is not yet at risk of contracting the disease?

Safe and effective: Hepatitis b is a serious disease; it can lead to liver cancer and cirrhosis. Expectant mothers are tested for hep b during pregnancy but they may become infected after testing is done. To assure a baby never gets this disease, hep b vaccine is used at birth. The vaccine is safe and it works. In addition, we never think our kids are "at risk" of getting an "adult" disease; until they have it. ...Read more

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Will the hepatitis b vaccine raise my child's risk of developing ms?

Will the hepatitis b vaccine raise my child's risk of developing ms?

No: Ms is more common in people who live their childhood years farther away from the equator, which in the northern hemisphere means that a child's risk of MS increases if he moves farther north and lives there before adolescence. Ms occurs in people who do not get the hepatitis b vaccine, as well as in persons who do receive the vaccine, but one does not cause the other. The cause of MS is unknown. ...Read more

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Will the hepatitis b vaccine raise my child's risk of sids?

Will the hepatitis b vaccine raise my child's risk of sids?

No: The vaccine haters have flittered like butterflys from one issue to the next. For a time they blamed cerebral palsy on vaccines, then crib death and now autism. The rumor mill wanders back and forth for any issue that is hard to explain. The vaccine has been used extensively in hawaii starting with a newborn dose for 2 decades and no such assooociation has been reported. ...Read more

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How often should my child receive hepatitis b vaccine?

How often should my child receive hepatitis b vaccine?

3-dose series,: Hepatitis b vaccination is typically given; 1st dose within 24 hours of birth, 2nd dose at 1-2 months of age, and 3rd dose at 6 mos. Same vaccination can be started at any age with same intervals, i.e., 0, 1, and 6 month. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you get the hepatitis b vaccine (all 3 series) but titer still shows no immunity?

What does it mean when you get the hepatitis b vaccine (all 3 series) but titer still shows no immunity?

Nonresponder?: People who do not mount immune response following a primary 3 dose series should have the entire series repeated. Inappropriate dose /admininistration, chronic disease and habits can can cause this. ...Read more

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Does my baby really need the hepatitis b vaccine, living in a typical suburb in the u.S.?

Does my baby really need the hepatitis b vaccine, living in a typical suburb in the u.S.?

Lifetime protection: Years ago they targeted risk groups for the vaccine & it made no dent in the hep b in the country. In hawaii where it sometimes passed mom to baby, they started giving it to all babies & started to see a drop at all ages. Use in infants protects them for a lifetime, no mater what type of lifestyle or exposures they have. I have seen a 9mo with hep b chronic hepatitis/failure & it wasn't pretty. ...Read more

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What will happen if you get hepatitis b vaccine after having a blood transfusing from back sugery years ago?

What will happen if you get hepatitis b vaccine after having a blood transfusing from back sugery years ago?

Nothing specific: If you were exposed to hepatitis through the transfusion, the vaccine would not treat it or hurt you. The vaccine is just a method of teaching your body to develop antibodies to hep b to protect you from future exposures. ...Read more

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How long does the Hepatitis B vaccine last & if you get the vaccine does that make you 100% immune from getting Hep B?

How long does the Hepatitis B vaccine last & if you get the vaccine does that make you 100% immune from getting Hep B?

Nothing is 100%: The vaccine for Hep B is about 90% effective. It is thought to last as long as 22 years. That being said, it covers all subtypes of Hep B and is worth getting for everyone. Remember, you don't have to have sex with or share needles with an infected person to get Hep B. ...Read more

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How long does the hepatitis b vaccine stay in your baby?

How long does the hepatitis b vaccine stay in your baby?

Hep B vaccine: Hepatitis b vaccine is supposed to confer lifelong immunity so your baby should be protected. ...Read more

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Is hepatitis b vaccine safe? And does it have side effects?

Is hepatitis b vaccine safe? And does it have side effects?

COMPLETELY SAFE: FEW complications...swelling at local site of injection maybe mild fever

DO IT! BE WISE.....IMMUNIZE!

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Do most hospitals and clinics require you to get a hepatitis b vaccine?

Do most hospitals and clinics require you to get a hepatitis b vaccine?

Employees=yes: There are such infection control requirements for employees in a hospital or clinic setting. This often includes not only hep B, but vaccines for the full range of potentially contagious diseases. Annual flu vaccines are also a common requirement. This is commonly set to prevent spread of contagious disease to patients and limit liability to the hospital if the employee is exposed in their work. ...Read more

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Can I get hepatitis b vaccine pill?

No: There are oral medicines that can be used to treat the virus but the vaccine is only injectable ...Read more

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Is it recommended to get a hepatitis b vaccine? I'm in my 60s and in good health.

Hepatitis B: Hepatitis b can lead to liver cancer and death. If one gets infected with this virus as an adult there is more of a likelihood of a chronic active infection.

But if you have no risks: not sexually active, no working in healthcare where you may be exposed to blood, not around any shared needles in a drug use environment then your risks are relatively low. ...Read more

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When can I take a shower after hepatitis b vaccine?

When can I take a shower after hepatitis b vaccine?

Immediately: There is no need to wait. Immediately after the injection would be fine. ...Read more

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How long does hepatitis b vaccine stay effective in your system?

How long does hepatitis b vaccine stay effective in your system?

20+ years: Hepatitis b vaccine provides protection at least 20 years. ...Read more

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How long does the hepatitis b vaccine itself stay inside your body?

How long does the hepatitis b vaccine itself stay inside your body?

Interesting?: The substance injected probably last a few weeks at most. But the response brought about by the vaccine series (all 3 shots) may last forever. I ugh eat checking titters after vaccination in high-risk patients then checking levels again every ten years. Boosters given if needed. ...Read more

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Will anything bad happen if I'm late for third dose hepatitis b vaccine?

Will anything bad happen if I'm late for third dose hepatitis b vaccine?

No: Nothing bad--get the 3rd dose when you can. At worst, you may need additional boosters. That can be determined by a hbsab test after you complete the series. If it's positive, it means you're immune. ...Read more

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Would a hepatitis b vaccine be needed for a person who is hepbs ag positive who later becomes hepbs ag negative?

Probably not but...: Needs more information. The individual who recovers acute hepatitis b infection will have anti-hbs (antibody against heb bs antigen), hb core antibody with negative hbs ag. ...Read more

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I I took hepatitis b vaccine the first shot subcutaneously, but my friend told me that it should be given intramuscularly, What should I do now?

I I took hepatitis b vaccine the first shot subcutaneously, but my friend told me that it should be given intramuscularly, What should I do now?

Complete the course: Complete the series over 6 months. Check an antibody titer at the end of the series. You may need another shot in case your antibody titer is not in a protective range. ...Read more

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Hepatitis b vaccine failure: will it lead to chronic hepatitis?

Hepatitis b vaccine failure: will it lead to chronic hepatitis?

Failure?: There are some individuals who apparently do not have the capacity to produce antibodies to hepatitis b surface antigen. These are the people who develop chronic hepatitis following acute infection. If you are in this category you may be at risk. On the other hand, if you have received the vaccine and not turned hep b antibody positive you might want to try once more. ...Read more

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What year did the hepatitis b vaccine become required for children?

What year did the hepatitis b vaccine become required for children?

Varies: Each state decides the required vaccines for day care/school or public university attendance. Actual state requirements for hep B vaccine varies from 1993 to well into the 2000's. ...Read more

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If you received hepatitis b vaccine once does that mean you already immune?

If you received hepatitis b vaccine once does that mean you already immune?

Depends: It depends, most people who complete the whole HBV vaccination schedule will show evidence of HBV antiboies. ...Read more

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What is the minimum needle length that is recommended for administering the hepatitis B vaccine to a 130 lb adult?

What is the minimum needle length that is recommended for administering the hepatitis B vaccine to a 130 lb adult?

Needle length: Hepatitis B is given as an intramuscular injection. Minimum needle length recommended for administering the Hepatitis B vaccine to a 130 lb adult is 5/8" to 1". Reference Immunization Action Coalition http://www. Immunize. Org/catg. D/p3085.pdf ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a patient of high sgpt take hepatitis b vaccine?

Please tell me, could a patient of high sgpt take hepatitis b vaccine?

Why is SGPT high?: How high is the enzyme level. While elevated SGPT by itself is not a contraindication to hep b vaccination, you should consult your doctor for investigation. If you drink alcohol, stop entirely and re test in three months. ...Read more

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What is an employers responsibility in reference to hepatitis b vaccine?

Offer vaccination: Osha requires employers to offer the vaccination to workers who are at higher risk to exposure to blood and/or body secretions such as health care workers and first responders. The vaccine should be without cost to the employee. ...Read more

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I started medical school Should I take hepatitis b vaccine if I took it when I was born?

I started medical school Should I take hepatitis b vaccine if I took it when I was born?

Depends: If they can check your titers and you have a protective level there is no need. However, it wouldn't hurt you do repeat the series and may boost the antibody levels. ...Read more

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Should I take hepatitis b vaccine before I start my medical school or they give it to us there?

Should I take hepatitis b vaccine before I start my medical school or they give it to us there?

School policy: I don't have a way to know the policy for medical schools in your area. Because there is no cure for Hepatitis B - this will be very important. See: https://www. Cdc. Gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/hep-b.html#who ...Read more

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What are the consequences of a healthcare worker who is unresponsive to the hepatitis b vaccine?

What are the consequences of a healthcare worker who is unresponsive to the hepatitis b vaccine?

If the HCW never...: Developed anti-hbs then they are still susceptible. Sometimes giving the vaccine (smaller dose) intradermally can help. ...Read more

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I started medical school If I took hepatitis b vaccine when I was born Should I take one dose now or the three doses?

I started medical school If I took hepatitis b vaccine when I was born Should I take one dose now or the three doses?

Several options: You could have antibody titers run to see if you need it at all. If their level was marginal, a single booster may bring your levels up. It wouldn't hurt to do the whole series. ...Read more

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Will a hepatitis b vaccine elevated liver function studies?

No: This should not happen as the vaccine has reactivity with your immune system, not your liver. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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