Vaccination is the best protection against hepatitis B and its complications.
Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by a virus, the hepatitis B virus.
The vaccine is indicated for anyone who wants to reduce their risk of catching hepatitis B. Several doses of vaccine are required to ensure the best possible protection.
Some symptoms may be caused by the vaccine, e.g. redness at the injection site.
Other problems may occur by chance and are not related to the vaccine, e.g. cold, gastro, headache.
Hepatitis B vaccine is safe. In most cases, it does not cause any reaction.
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Wait 15 minutes before leaving premises where vaccine is received. If an allergic reaction occurs, the symptoms will appear a few minutes after the vaccination.
If you feel side effects, immediately inform the person giving the vaccine. That person will be able to treat you immediately.
If you experience redness, pain or swelling at the injection site, apply a cold, damp compress on it.
Use medication for fever or discomfort if needed.
See a doctor if one of the following applies to you:
Last update: June 25, 2015 10:53 AM
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