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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?

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

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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?

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?

In general: 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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How long does the hep b vaccine last for? All life? I've gotten 3.

How long does the hep b vaccine last for? All life? I've gotten 3.

Lifelong: Some experts recommend a single booster injection after 10 years or more. But it probably isn't necessary. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

No: According to who, about 25% of people infected as infants with chronic infection develop liver cancer. Needle biopsy will reveal activity of disease allow a better estimate of the risk. See the following for more info.
http://www. Who. Int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs204/en/. ...Read more

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Why do babies need to get a hep b vaccine in the hospital and not later on in life when it is safer?

Why do babies need to get a hep b vaccine in the hospital and not later on in life when it is safer?

To Save Lives: To prevent the rare case of neonatal hepatitis b, which may be deadly or cause permanent liver disease. And who says it is less safe to give an infant the vaccine. Safety is there for all ages. ...Read more

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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.

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

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How is hep b transmitted?

How is hep b transmitted?

Just like HIV: In very much the same way as hiv: through unprotected sex, especially intercourse, and through blood exposure (e.g. Shared needles and syringes). ...Read more

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What are the food for hep b pt.

What are the food for hep b pt.

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

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What is immunity to hep b mean?

What is immunity to hep b mean?

You're done: It means you can no longer be infected, either because you had hepatitis b and recovered from it, or because you were vaccinated and the vaccine was effective. ...Read more

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Wat is the medication for hep b?

Wat is the medication for hep b?

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

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What does immunity to hep b mean?

What does immunity to hep b mean?

Positive antibody: It means you can't be infected because you have protective antibodies, either from past infection or vaccination. ...Read more

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What food should u eat with hep b?

What food should u eat with hep b?

Not the key: Comply with treatment and eat sensibly. Food choices are not the key to managing this or most other disease. Ignore silly stuff on the Internet and trust evidence-based medicine. Hepatitis B is serious business. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Why is my hep b surface ab so high?

You are immune!: To HBV anyway! The presence of a surface antibody to hepatitis b implies immunity. ...Read more

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Why does the hep b shot hurt so much?

Hard to say.: All vaccines are designed to stimulate the immune system so there is always some local pain due to the influx of immune type cells. Sometimes a vaccine can be injected close to a nerve or structure that is sensitive making the pain a bit more difficult. ...Read more

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In what ways are hep. B and c transmitted?

In what ways are hep. B and c transmitted?

Blood: Hepatitis b and c are both blood borne illnesses. They are transmitted from mother to child during birth. Sharing needles is the riskiest behavior for acquiring these infections. ...Read more

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How long does it take to be cured of hep b?

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

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I tested positive for hep b. What happens next?

I tested positive for hep b. What happens next?

Hep B: If you have chronic hep b, then your doctor will follow liver function tests, hep b viral dna load, hep b eag/ab. You may also need surveillance for liver cancer with regular liver sonogram and AFP (a tumor marker blood test). ...Read more

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My hep b surf ab is <2.00 what does that mean?

Depends: Were you immunized against hbv? If you were, your antibody has waned but you are likely still immune. If not, you are susceptible to HBV unless...You are a chronic carrier of hbv...If that is it, your HBsAG and anti-hbc will both be +. ...Read more

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What to do about hep b results help me!!!!!!!!!?

Need more info: There are many test to evaluate hepatitis B (antigens, antibodies, viral load, genotype, etc). I would need to know which ones are positive and negative. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have reactive hep b surface ab?

Vaccinated: A reactive hep B surface antibody test is seen when you have received the Hep B vaccine. No worries. ...Read more

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I'm positive for hep b surface ab, should I be worried?

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

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What are the most complicated diseases if you have hep. B?

What are the most complicated diseases if you have hep. B?

Liver cancer: The most serious one complication is liver cancer. The others are liver cirrhosis, liver failure, kidney problem, and hepatitis d infection. ...Read more

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I have had hep b since I was a child --what can I do for it?

Do nothing: 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

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My boyfriend is a hep b carrier. What can I do to avoid catching it?

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

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Should you stay with someone you love if they told you they had hep b?

Yes you can: You can if you get immunised and take precautions untill you acquire immunity, proved by blood test. ...Read more

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What can I do if my brother have hep b, can you help me and give some advice?

Liver specialist: Your brother needs to be seen & followed by a liver specialist. He will need periodic testing (labs, ultrasounds) and may be a candidate for antiviral therapy. He should not be sharing toothbrushes nor razors and should be practicing safe sex. ...Read more

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To whom and why hep b becomes chronic for a normal person? Is there any criteria?

To whom and why hep b becomes chronic for a normal person? Is there any criteria?

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