Hepatitis Vaccine (HBV)
Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). The hepatitis B vaccine contains parts of the virus to prevent contraction of the infection. It is typically administered in a series of three or four shots over a six-month period.
The CDC recommends that infants receive the first shot at birth and complete the vaccination by the age of six months. The vaccine is also recommended for children and adolescents younger than 19 years old who did not receive the vaccination at birth. In addition, unvaccinated adults who may be at risk for HBV should also receive the vaccination.
According to the CDC, if you are severely ill, you should wait until you recover before starting the vaccination. Additionally, if you have a severe allergic reaction after receiving a dose of the hepatitis B vaccine, you should not complete the vaccination.
The experienced staff at each Physicians Immediate Care clinic can administer the hepatitis B vaccine to both children and adults. Simply stop by a clinic near you or reserve your time online to start your vaccination process.
Symptoms of Hepatitis B
- Mild fever
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
A blood test is used to diagnose the presence of the hepatitis B virus. In most cases, the virus will clear up on its own with adequate rest, healthy eating, hydration, and the avoidance of alcohol. For more chronic cases, medication and monitoring by a medical professional are essential to prevent liver damage. For more information about HBV and the hepatitis B vaccination, contact us anytime.