Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Hepatitis B immunisation key learning and schedule information

Doctor advice me to retake the Hepatitis B injection as my immunisation level is very low after deliver of my second baby. Key learning from me is don't wait for the immunisation level become very low and you need to retake the 3 doses. One dose of injection is cost about RM60 now. You can avoid it by yearly checking on the immunisation level. You can just take 1 dose of boost to level up your immunisation.

I found out this link is helpful on the Hepatis B information. http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Hepatitis-B-Immunisation.htm. Check it out.

The immunisation schedule ( source from http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Hepatitis-B-Immunisation.htm)

You need three doses of the vaccine for full protection. The second dose is usually given one month after the first dose. The third dose is given five months after the second dose.

One month after the third dose you may need to have a blood test. You may need one if you are at risk of infection at work, especially as a healthcare or laboratory worker or have certain kidney diseases. Your doctor will be able to advise you if you need a blood test. This checks if you have made antibodies against the hepatitis B virus and are immune. This is because for about 1 in 10 people, three doses of the vaccine are not sufficient and a booster is needed after five years.

The schedule is the same for the combined hepatitis A and B vaccine which is also available.


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