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Hepatitis B Vaccine

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by fromjersey, May 13, 2008.

  1. fromjersey

    fromjersey 2+ Year Member

    Mar 20, 2007
    I have a concern about Hepatitis B vaccine because of an extensive history of auto-immune disease in my family. Has anyone else faced reservations regarding being vaccinated for Heptatis B because of similar or other medical reasons?
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  3. You didn't get your hep B vaccine series when you were a child?
  4. Mr hawkings

    Mr hawkings Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 20, 2004
    They give that to kids now?
    I just got mine a couple of years ago and so did my wife.
  5. kronickm

    kronickm even par. 2+ Year Member

    Feb 20, 2007
    I have a family and personal history of auto-immune disease and I got it, no problem. Is there some side effect specific to those with auto-immune diseases?
  6. fromjersey

    fromjersey 2+ Year Member

    Mar 20, 2007

    Did you notice any immune response to the Hep B vaccine?
  7. Sol Rosenberg

    Sol Rosenberg Long Live the New Flesh! 10+ Year Member

    Feb 11, 2006
    Living in America
    They started in 1991, I believe. Us old-timers have to go back and get it before Medical School.
  8. cpants

    cpants Member 10+ Year Member

    Sep 28, 2007
    The Hep B vaccine contains no virus. Just some lab-manufactured surface proteins from the virus so that your body can recognize it if it is ever introduced into your system. Although a small immune response is what you are going for with any vaccine, I highly doubt you would have any kind of reaction that would endanger your health.
  9. Yeah I had to get it before med school, but from Peds I remember that it's one of those dreaded vaccines that you had to memorize as part of the kids' immunization schedule.

    Man I hated remembering that table.
  10. TerpMD

    TerpMD 2+ Year Member

    Sep 26, 2007
    UMD 2010
    It says you are pre-vet.. don't you guys have to get some vaccines that even us med students don't have to get (rabies)? Are you planning to get those? I'd talk to your doc about this one... more a medical q than and SDN q I think.
  11. shantster

    shantster Eye protection! 10+ Year Member

    They've been giving it to kids for a while now I believe. I remember getting a booster for it, which might be what you got.
  12. kronickm

    kronickm even par. 2+ Year Member

    Feb 20, 2007
    None at all. It is hard to say though as I have no intelligible symptoms (to me that is). The only way to monitor my disease really is blood work, biopsy and bone scan (I have celiac btw).
  13. Haemulon

    Haemulon Slippery When Wet Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Jun 1, 2006
    On SDN
    If you have any concerns about immunizations and your specific medical conditions, you should contact your physician, just to be sure.
  14. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Agree. But bear in mind that the risk of exposure to Hep in med school is not zero, and I suspect the downside of actually catching the vaccine, given your health issues, is still going to outweigh the remote likelihood of a reaction.

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