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Re: hepatitis vaccine

Re: hepatitis vaccine

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Posted by sean on October 23, 2000 at 09:59:14:

In Reply to: hepatitis vaccine posted by wondering on October 23, 2000 at 01:52:07:

: Are there any adverse effects associated with the hepatitis vaccine when administered to adults?


No vaccine is perfectly safe, and pregnant women and infants are to be very careful. but, the hep vaccines are not partiuclarly known to cause negative complications. still allergy is always a possibility with any innoculation, and your doctor would probably not suggest vaccination unless there was a reason to get it. do you have such a reason?
I haven't heard of hep vaccines causing any symptoms such as often reported with flu shots, or pain as with tetanus. but, every person is different, no prediciton could be absolutely certain.

I don't think hep B vaccine is recommended unless you are particularly at risk of infection, such as a health care worker. this is because it is a rather demanding innoculation process, and no vaccine is 100 percent without risk.

Hep A is more often recommended, for travellers, people who have other liver diseases ( such as other heps, e.g., hep b or hep c), others. There are some minor contraindications here, too, but since hep A is more contagious, the acute phase is often pretty severe, the lesser risks of vaccination are usually considered worth it. it is one shot, unlike hep b.

there is no vaccine for hep c, as far as i know.




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