Who should get a hepatitis B shot?

Depends. If you have never had the disease and want to avoid it get the vaccine.If you have had it, the vaccine would be of no benefit. If you have a low risk lifestyle and don't care if you get it, don't. Unfortunately, this is one disease that can be passed sexually, along with other insidious ways, and could result in severe illness or death.

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If my baby ran a fever after the last hepatitis b shot, should she not get the next one?

No. She should still get the next hepatitis vaccine. It is common for some babies to have fever or fussiness or tiredness after a vaccine. This is not harmful. Discuss with your baby's doctor when you go in for the next vaccine. Read more...
No. Though it's not very common, infants can get fevers after their vaccination. Vaccinations work by stimulating the immune system and it's the immune response that can occasionally cause a fever. There are very few reasons, other than significant allergic reactions, to delay the next dose in a series. This is from the cdc: http://www.Cdc.Gov/vaccines/recs/vac-admin/contraindications-vacc.Htm. Read more...
Yes. Generally fever certainly is not fun, but does not fall under the criteia of a dangerous reaction. And it is still "better" than a serious, potentially life threatening case of the hepatiti b. Immunize! Read more...

When should my new born get his hepatitis b shot if he didn't get it at the hospital b4 discharge?

ASAP. First Hep B vaccine is due as soon as birth. If not given in hospital go to ur pediatrician to get it. Read more...
At your next visit. Unless you had Hep B in the past, some docs prefer to start this at their two week follow-up visit to keep all the vaccines well documented in a single chart.It is hard sometimes to track down the hospital record when you are trying to verify the shot.That said, I always try to give it within 12 hrs of birth.That's how the original vaccine work was done/validated. Read more...

Vaccine shots; what are the consequences if you get your hepatitis a vaccine but don't get hepatitis b shot?

Immunity only Hep A. If you had 2 shot series for hepatitis a you are immune from that viral illness for life. There is a combination hep a/hep b vaccine but it sounds like you were not offered that choice & were started on hep a vaccine alone. Talk to your provider about adding hep b vaccine series now as a series of three doses. Read more...

Is it recommended to get a hepatitis b vaccine? I'm in my 60s and in good health.

Hepatitis B. Hepatitis b can lead to liver cancer and death. If one gets infected with this virus as an adult there is more of a likelihood of a chronic active infection. But if you have no risks: not sexually active, no working in healthcare where you may be exposed to blood, not around any shared needles in a drug use environment then your risks are relatively low. Read more...
Probably not. At your age, unless you have risk factors i.e. Work in the health care field, immune compromised, it is probably not necessary. Read more...

Is it safe to get a hepatitis b vaccine while pregnant?

Yes. This vaccine is not made from live virus and is ok to receive while pregnant. Read more...
Yes. But hepatitis b vaccination success should be confirmed 6 months after the series to ensure immunization and protection. Check a hepatitis b surface antibody blood test, also called hbsab. Read more...