Abe wrote:Hi Patticake,
Thank you for your input. I've just been going through my immunisation history.
I have already been vaccinated for HepB and A in 1998 for travel. So do you think the damage has already been done and the damage will be relatively minimal if I have the vaccination again? Or do you think it's foolhardy to have the vaccination again.
Has anyone else got any input?
Why get vaccinated?
Hepatitis B vaccine can prevent hepatitis B, and the serious consequences of HBV infection, including liver cancer and cirrhosis. Routine hepatitis B vaccination of U.S. children began in 1991. Since then, the reported incidence of acute hepatitis B among children and adolescents has dropped by more than 95% and by 75% in all age groups. Hepatitis B vaccine is made from a part of the hepatitis B virus. It cannot cause HBV infection.
Hepatitis B vaccine is usually given as a series of 3 or 4 shots. This vaccine series gives long-term protection from HBV infection, possibly lifelong.
Hepatitis B is a serious disease. The hepatitis B virus (HBV) can cause short-term (acute) illness that leads to: loss of appetite, diarrhea and vomiting, tiredness, jaundice (yellow skin or eyes), and pain in muscles, joints, and stomach. It can also cause long-term (chronic) illness that leads to: liver damage (cirrhosis), liver cancer, or death. About 1.25 million people in the U.S. have chronic HBV infection.
LR1234 wrote:If you need it for work what can you do? I personally would avoid all vaccines. I know the flu one sent my MS into a whole to stratosphere.
euphoniaa wrote:I pulled up info from the NIH, because I wondered if a second vaccination was even necessary. Also, I wonder if you may be required to have this vaccine in order to even work in your field. There may be a policy at the hospital where you're going to be placed, due to the possibility of coming in contact with contaminated blood. You should first show them that you HAVE already been vaccinated.
I have let the faculty know that I've already been vaccinated. However to work in a hospital environment in this capacity one has to be vaccinated against HepB every 5 years. I feel I could do a lot of good as an Occupational Therapist and I find the profession interesting. However I do not want to make the disease in my body worse.
Currently I am unsure to what extent having the vaccination would really effect my health.
Thank you for any additional input.
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