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Life Expectancyof Hep B
If a child has had all three hep b shots are they immunized for life are does it starts to wear off at a certain age and they get it again?
Generally the 3: Hep B shots are supposed to last for life, but no vaccine has a 100% conversion rate (immunity), so it is possible for the immunity to wear off. I have had some patients who were tested (needed for work in the healthcare field)and were no longer immune, so they were re-vaccinated. At this point, testing for immunity is not a general recommendation. Please speak to your child's MD if you have further? S. ...Read more
Why all a sudden chronic hep b is showin up. Have I had it all my life I jst had surgery a year ago. I was being treated for fibermyalgia?
It can be difficult: To assess when hbv was acquired. Have you ever given blood? It would have been tested for if you did donate blood. ...Read more
I am immuned to Hep A& Hep B because I had them before. Am I immuned to them for life? Am I at risk to have them again? Do I need Hep A & Btests again?
If you have had Hepatitis A or B you are immune for life. BUT since the diagnosis of these diseases is often NOT ACCURATE I would strongly suggest that at least ONCE you have blood tests to determine if you are immune!!!!!
Hope this is helpful!
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Lifelong: Some experts recommend a single booster injection after 10 years or more. But it probably isn't necessary. ...Read more
I am 21 and have had chronic hep b for 2 years. I have no liver damage but was started on Entecavir. 5 mg. Can I expect a normal life expectancy?
Yes but depends on: Liver enzymes and viral levels, be sure you see your liver specialist for labs every 6 months or so, they are searching for cures of this like they found for hep C ...Read more
I am a chronic hep b inactive carrier. Dr said i'll get a liver biopsy at some point in my life. Does it mean liver cancer in my future for sure?
Why do babies need to get a hep b vaccine in the hospital and not later on in life when it is safer?
Just diagnosed with hep b, depressed and learning to cope. Is chirrosis and/or liver cancer inevitable? Is my life over? I'm 29, asian, female.
There's hope.: It's true that chronic, progressive infection with hepatitis b can lead to liver failure & cancer. But many recent advances in anti-viral medications have improved our ability to control the infection. Work with a hepatologist familiar with this disease. Follow the surveillance protocol closely. Avoid alcohol & drugs toxic to the liver, & if pregnant, get proper immunizations for the baby. ...Read more
Eat healthy: Food choice matters little in the care of the hepatitis b patient, who is probably taking medication to keep the level of virus at bay. Should the disease progress and the liver fail, which in a compliant patient is unlikely today, restricting protein may help some. Otherwise, a healthy diet with relatively little grease and sugar (people overeat these), plus aerobic exercise, is your best idea. ...Read more
Depends: There are several treatments for hepatitis b, but choosing one depends on the length of your exposure. For immediate treatment after infection: vaccination + globulins are given. For chronic stable: adefovir, pegylate interferon or/and entecavir. For chronic: there are several combinations of drugs acting on two of the virus's receptors. Please seek treatment from your primary care physician. ...Read more
No cure: It's uncommon to be completely cured of hepatitis b. One achievable goal is to go from having a positive hbeag to a positive hbeab ("e antigen" to "e antibody" conversion) with treatment, which means your virus is less active and less infectious. A small number of people convert from HBsAG to hbsab ("surface antigen" conversion), which is about as close as you get to a cure. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Your body makes hep b surface antibody in response to the hepatitis b vaccine. It can also make it to the hepatitis b virus. If you've been vaccinated, it's more likely to be due to the first reason. If you're still concerned though, a test for hep b surface antigen and a liver function panel should clear things up. Most likely, they were checking your immunity status. ...Read more
It is now understood and believed that if you have been immunised with three doses of Hepatitis B Vaccine it will give you lifelong protection. It was believed in the past that immunity will last for 5to7 years, you do not need a booster dose
if you want to be 100% sure about your immune status, than you can have antibody titer to confirm the immunity which is recommended for certain healthcare work. ...Read more
Get immunized: Hopefully you already are immunized. Double-check to be sure of your immune status. And if he is being treated, or if he's lucky, he may not be infectious. ...Read more
Yes you can: You can if you get immunised and take precautions untill you acquire immunity, proved by blood test. ...Read more
Not proven.: Although we know how a person contracts Hep B, we don't know for sure why some people clear it and other perfectly healthy people don't. However, the diagnosis of chronic hepatitis B is more straightforward. If the hepatitis B infection hasn't cleared, not only will the antibody test still be positive, but so will the tests for the presence of the virus itself. ...Read more