Thursday, June 14, 2012

Hepatitis B Vaccine

What is Hepatitis B?
     Hepatitis B is a serious liver disease caused by hepatitis b virus. Hepatitis B disease can be a short term illness lasting less than 6 months or it can be long term illness lasting a lifetime. It's scary complications include fulminant hepatitis, cirrhosis, liver cancer and death (But sometimes, death is less scary complications...if you're a chef or a nurse and you were tested to be hepatitis b positive ,you'd have difficulty getting a job.Imagine if that person looking for a job is your son...)

How can Hepatitis B be prevented?

     Hepatitis B vaccine

Where and how is it given?
     Intramuscularly on the thigh of infants or on the deltoid area of bigger kids and adults.

What is the schedule?
     1. 6 weeks, 10 weeks, 14 weeks
     2. 2 months, 4 months, 6 months
     3. birth, 1month, 6 months
     4. birth, 1 month, 2 months
     5. older children who did not get it should be vaccinated as soon as possible.

Why do babies get their hepatitis b vaccine right after birth? or
Why the freaking hell should you allow your baby to suffer a needle stick  during his early moments on this planet?

     So that the baby would have protection against hepatitis b right away. It reduces the risk of getting the disease from their mother or family members who may not know they are infected with hepatitis b. It's the baby's best chance of protection against hepatitis b.

What are the complications of the vaccine?
     Some complications are pain on the injection site, fatigue, headache and fever.

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