and Answers - Vaccination
Note: This page is intended for those who need "quick" answers to complex issues. For a more complete story, please refer to the other pages on this site. As I am not a physician, the recommendations I may make are not intented to be used as personal medical advice. I can only urge one, if in doubt, to discuss one's questions with a trained health care provider.
Commonly Asked Questions and their Answers
1. When pregnant with Hepatitis
B, what are the odds of the child being born testing positive?
2. What does the child benefit
from receiving the vaccine and the hepatitis B immune globulin at birth?
Will this somehow stop the infant from being positive?
3. Will the disease progress
or act differently because of the pregnancy?
1. I received the HBV vaccine probably 15 years ago and at that time I only received two instead of three injections. Do you think I have any immunity remaining?
From what I have read, some recommend having a booster injection 5 - 7 years after the first vaccination schedule. Others say that 10 years is sufficient. It is comforting to know that patients who have been vaccinated had not contracted hepatitis B even after being followed for 10 years. It is hard to say whether one has immunity remaining or not, but a trip to the doctor and a blood test could verify whether or not your body is still producing antibodies against the HBs protein.
2. Should adults receive
the injections, and if so, how often?
3. Do most pediatricians
promote HBV injections by the time children are 10-11? Should they?
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