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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
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
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
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
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
Hep B vaccine: Hepatitis b vaccine is supposed to confer lifelong immunity so your baby should be protected. ...Read more
VIS Statement: There is a vaccine information statement put out by the cdc that lists it's indications. As a pediatrician, I think everyone should get the vaccine. It is universally recommended for everyone under age 19 and for many categories of others including those with more than one sex partner, household contacts of people with hepatitis b, people with chronic renal or liver disease and other categories. ...Read more
Cost of HepB VACCINE:
The cost varies from state to statein a walk in clinic or health dept average cost is 60 dollars
in physician office average cos is 120 dollars
and you need three shots so multiply that with three, that's the cost. ...Read more
Confusing question: The material we stock at the office does have an expiration date, otherwise known as a use before date. I sense that is not your question. If you complete the series of Hepatitis B Vaccine it is thought to confer lifelong immunity unless you suffer some form of immune altering illness or treatment in the future. ...Read more
Immediately: There is no need to wait. Immediately after the injection would be fine. ...Read more
More shots: You can repeat the vaccine series, or get periodic boosters until you hbsab becomes positive. ...Read more
Proteins: It works by including one of the viral surface proteins. This causes one's immune system to react and create protective antibodies for the hepatitis b virus. It takes several of the vaccines to get the adequate amount of antibody necessary to protect from disease. Great Question! ...Read more
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