Vaccines

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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN ABOUT HEPATITIS B AND HEPATITIS B VACCINE DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is the hepatitis B vaccine?

Hepatitis B vaccine is a shot that is administered to train the immune system to recognize and defend against the hepatitis B virus (HBV). The vaccine is administered as three injections, with one month between the first two doses, and then a longer period of time (generally 5-11 months) between the second and third dose. Alternatively, you can opt for a combined vaccine against both HBV and hepatitis A virus (HAV). This combined HAV/HBV vaccine requires a different doing schedule, however. Either you can have three injections, spread over a six-month period, or you can have three injections within one month, followed by a booster twelve months later.


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