GSK Hepatitis B Vaccine Is Available Now!
There is a huge number of about 86 million hepatitis B sufferers in China, according to the medical statistics of 2016. Though hepatitis B virus can be transmitted, it is not that scary. It can only spread through blood, sex and mother-to-child transmission. And you can prevent the infection effectively by getting hepatitis B vaccine.
At Renai Hospital, there are optional domestic and imported hepatitis B vaccines(produced by GSK) for you. Please feel free to contact us if you need it!
01 What is hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B is an infectious disease caused by hepatitis B virus(HBV) that will cause liver inflammation, necrosis, and lesion, with digestive tract symptoms as its clinical manifestation and accompanied by other whole body symptoms. As the disease prolongs, it could develop into chronic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis and liver cancer.
HBV is transmitted through blood(like blood transfusion, blood products, broken skin, mucosa), maternal-fetal transmission and sex. It could not spread through food or water, sharing eating utensils, breastfeeding, hugging, kissing, hand holding, coughing, or sneezing.
02 How does hepatitis B vaccine work?
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The hepatitis B vaccine stimulates your natural immune system to protect against the hepatitis B virus. After the vaccine is given, your body makes antibodies that protect you against the virus. An antibody is a substance found in the blood that is produced in response to a virus invading the body. These antibodies will fight off the infection if a person is exposed to the hepatitis B virus in the future.
03 What is the immunization schedule?
Hepatitis B vaccine is usually given as three separate doses on a 0, 1, and 6 months schedule.
04 What should be done if Hep B vaccine series was not completed?
Talk to your doctor to resume the vaccine series as soon as possible. The series does not need to be restarted.
05 Can I get antibodies after getting vaccinated?
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Not exactly. In fact, some may show weak and even no immune response to hepatitis B vaccine. They could be infected with HBV when they are exposed to HBV.
06 What are the common side effects?
After getting vaccinated, you may have some common side effects like soreness, redness, or swelling in the arm where the shot was given, headache and fever, which will disappear spontaneously.
07 Who should get vaccinated against hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for:
All children and adolescents younger than 19 years of age who have not been vaccinated.
People at risk for infection by sexual exposure.
People whose sex partners have hepatitis B.
People at risk for infection by exposure to blood.
International travelers to countries where hepatitis B is common.
People with hepatitis C virus infection.
People with chronic liver disease.
People with HIV infection.
All other people seeking protection from hepatitis B virus infection.
08 Are there reasons to get tested for hepatitis B immunity?
On the one hand, through testing, your doctor can know whether you have been infected with HBV or not. On the other hand, the vaccination will be given on the basis of your antibodies. If your surface antibody shows negative, you will need three doses. But if it shows weakly positive, you may need just one booster dose.
09 How to read your antibody report?