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Hepatitis B Immunization

Hepatitis B vaccine

When I was in medical school Hepatitis B was the number one cause of liver disease and liver cancer. Now, thanks to widespread use of a vaccine that was developed in 1982 its incidence has markedly declined in the United States. Side effects include local reaction and arm soreness.

Hep B at birth

I just don't understand why a newborn needs this vaccine so early.  Why not start it like all the others at 2 months unless the mother is positive. What is the actual likelihood of a baby getting this disease in the first 2 months of life? (... more on Hep B vaccine at birth)

Side Effects after second Hep B

My 4 week old son had his second Hep B shot yesterday.  He feels cool and clammy today.  Is this normal? The hepatitis B vaccine is usually a well tolerated vaccine. Your son’s reaction (... more on Side Effects after second Hep B)

Written April 2010 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician

 

 

 

 

 

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