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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

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


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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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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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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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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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How do I know if I need a hepatitis b vaccine?

How do I know if I need a hepatitis b vaccine?

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

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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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Can a hepatitis b vaccine war off?

Depends: If you do not complete the 3 dose series the effectiveness may wain over time. Since it has only been available since 1986, it may take some time to see if it has a lifelong benefit. ...Read more

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Can I get hepatitis b vaccine pill?

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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How much is a hepatitis b vaccine now?

How much is a hepatitis b vaccine now?

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

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Can the hepatitis b vaccine ever expire?

Can the hepatitis b vaccine ever expire?

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

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Can hepatitis b vaccine cause hepatitis b?

Can hepatitis b vaccine cause hepatitis b?

No: The shot contains no living material. It is created in the lab and has no potential for causing disease. ...Read more

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Hepatitis b vaccine is wearing off, what to do?

Get a booster: If you have concerns about waning immunity, you can receive a booster dose. If you had the primary series or part of it, this will help. ...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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What can be done if hepatitis b vaccine didn't work?

What can be done if hepatitis b vaccine didn't work?

More shots: You can repeat the vaccine series, or get periodic boosters until you hbsab becomes positive. ...Read more

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What is in the hepatitis b vaccine? How does it work?

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

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


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Hepatitis B Vaccine (Definition)

The hepatitis B vaccine protects against hepatitis B, a serious viral disease that damages the liver. This vaccine is one of the recommended childhood immunizations, but many adults also ...Read more