What Is the Schedule of Hepatitis B Vaccine?

Q:
What is the schedule of hepatitis b vaccine?

A:
Hepatitis B is a serious infection that affects the liver. It is caused by the hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis B can cause mild illness lasting a few weeks, or it can lead to a serious, lifelong illness. The hepatitis B vaccine is a safe and effective way to prevent you from getting hepatitis B. Three doses are generally required to complete the hepatitis B vaccine series. It is available at your doctor’s office and local health department or clinic. The following is the schedule of hepatitis B vaccine.

1st Shot – At any given time, but newborns should receive this dose in the delivery room
2nd Shot – At least one month (or 28 days) after the 1st shot
3rd Shot – At least 4 months (16 weeks) after the 1st shot (or at least 2 months after the 2nd shot)

You do not need to restart the hepatitis B vaccine series if you miss any of the shots. A simple blood test checking “antibody titers” will confirm whether the vaccination was successful.

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