GENERIC NAME: hepatitis B vaccine
BRAND NAME: Recombivax HB, Engerix-B
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
Most children are given their first shot at birth, followed by a 2nd shot at 1-2 months of age, and a 3rd shot at 6-18 months of age. Also, anyone who is 18 years of age or younger and hasn't received the vaccine should be vaccinated.
Additionally, all unvaccinated adults at risk for hepatitis B infection should be vaccinated. This includes:
- Partners or people infected with hepatitis B
- Men who have sex with men
- People who inject street drugs
- People with more than one sex partner
- People with chronic liver or kidney disease
- People under the age of 60 who have type 1 or 2 diabetes
- People with jobs that expose them to human blood or other body fluids
- People who live with a family member infected with hepatitis B
- Kidney dialysis patients
- People who travel to countries where hepatitis B is common
- People with HIV infection
- People who live or work in institution for the developmentally disabled
- Anyone else who wishes to be protected from the hepatitis B infection
SIDE EFFECTS WARNING:
- Severe and life-threatening allergic reactions including
- These symptoms can start within a few minutes to a few hours after vaccination.
- The vial stopper, the syringe plunger stopper, and tip cap contain latex rubber which may cause allergic reactions in people with latex allergy.
- Premature infants may experience difficulty breathing.
Common side effects of HBV vaccines include:
Other reported side effects include:
- Injections site reactions
- Low blood pressure
- Back pain
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Difficulty sleeping
- Ringing in the ears
- Hair loss
- Taste changes
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