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.

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

Dangerous disease. Newborns are at risk of hepatits b if the mom is infected and doesn't know it. Some people are silent carriers of this disease. I recommend it at birth even if mom tests negative because it is a safe, effective vaccine against a very bad disease, which causes liver cancer and cirrhosis. It is a series of three shots, and it is required for school attendance. Read more...
Life time risk of 5% Overall lifetime risk of contracting hepatitis b is approaching 5% and higher for some people and in some locations. In addition, shots work far better in younger people and even better in infants, thus the majority of shots being given at this age bracket. Even teenaged patients are ancient when it comes to immunologic response to vaccines and this is the main reason to immunize at a young age. Read more...
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...
Risk is ever-present. As protective as we parents try to be, certain risks are ever-present. Since we don't have the proverbial crystal ball to determine all risks, prevention is best. Who knows if our children will inadvertently be exposed to infected blood products that can transmit the hep b virus? The vaccine sets up the body's defense before infection occurs.Thankfully the vaccine is proven safe and effective! Read more...
Hep B vaccine was... ...Originally tested in countries where most people were infected at birth, then went on to infect their own children at their birth, and died young of liver cancer. The vaccine worked extremely well and safely. Once we knew this, there seemed to be no reason to wait longer. Read more...
He doesn't. While hepatitis is a serious disease, the hepatitis vaccine, in my opinion, is not necessary in children with no risk factors. If mom had prenatal care and is hepatitis negative, and the baby will not be in a high risk environment, I do not see the need to give it right away. It can be done later if necessary. You may want to do more research on your own. Read more...
At risk from birth. A child is at risk of catching hepatitis b, from the day he is born. So, the vaccine is usually started on that day. Hepatitis b virus is in blood and bodily fluids, and is very contagious. Almost all people who are carriers of hepatitis b "look normal", so one cannot tell who is carrying the virus, among the general population. Read more...
Risk is ever-present. I saw a 6mo baby with hep b years ago. In for another problem, his liver tests showed tremendous damage. Mom didn't know she got it while pregnant & passed it on. Poor kid. That vaccine was first used extensively in hawaii where mom to baby passage was common. Rates of hep b, liver failure & cancer dropped. Vaccines are given as early as they will work. Any delay is unnecessary & may be deadly. Read more...

Hepatitis b vaccine/how is it given?

Can Accelerate. For those who need rapid immunity against hepatitis b--travelers about to embark, for example--immunity can be given with a quicker series of injections & a later booster at one year. Some schedules are not fda approved but include vaccination at day zero then days 7 & 21 from first dose. Other schedules include days 0, 10, & 21. Very good immunity at day 21. Also done with mixed hep b/hep a. Read more...

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, thats the cost. Read more...
Varries. from region to region .Call plces and check but ca range from $70-1 $125. Read more...

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...

At what age should you get an hepatitis b vaccine?

Anytime. The original research on newborn hep b administration was done years ago in hawaii & it was one of the first states to see a decline in hep b disease across the population. It is commonly given now at birth, 1-2 m & 6m during infancy but can be given to older kids at any age. Those who missed the vaccine in childhood should look into it. Read more...