Hepatitis B Vaccine

Hepatitis B Vaccine

We offer the Hepatitis B Vaccine in our office. The hepatitis B vaccine prevents the liver virus Hepatitis B which, if contracted, can cause scarring of the organ, liver failure and cancer. The virus can be fatal if left untreated. This virus can be spread through contact with the blood and body fluids of an infected person. The Hepatitis B vaccine is safe and is recommended for children and adults. Almost everyone is at risk for Hepatitis B in their lifetime.

The shot is given in a three-step series.

The first shot is administered at any given time.
The second shot is administered at least one month after the first shot.
The third shot is administered six months after the first shot.

Restarting the series is not necessary if you miss any of the shots. For example; if you miss your second or third shot, you do not have to restart the series, you
should just get the next shot as soon as you can. To be sure that you are 100% protected from Hepatitis B, you can ask your Doctor for a blood test. This test will
check your Antibody levels to Hepatitis B. This will confirm if the vaccination was successful.

Risks or side effects associated with the Hepatitis B vaccine? The Vaccine has been given over one billion times and it is commonly considered one of the safest and most effective vaccines ever made! Mild side effects include: Soreness, swelling, and redness and the site of injection. You cannot catch Hepatitis B from the vaccine.

If you have any questions, or believe you need a Hepatitis B injection, please feel free to come in and talk to one of our great Physicians or P.A.s, or you can see your Primary Care Physician. You may walk into Doctors Urgent Care and receive this vaccine without seeing the physician.

What to expect when you come into our clinic

The Procedure is done very quickly. One of the members of our trained medical staff will have you review and sign a consent form. This form will explain the procedure in detail so you know exactly what to expect. The staff member will first clean the area of the intended injection site with an alcohol prep pad. They will then administer the injection into the Deltoid/Shoulder muscle. An adhesive bandage will be placed over the injected site if needed. This process is very quick and our trained medical staff will make sure you are comfortable and have a full understanding of the three-step series before you leave.