Vaccination For Hepatitis

Vaccination for hepatitis is given to have protection from hepatitis infection. Hepatitis B vaccine is given for children and adults who have an increased risk of getting hepatitis B. It is usually given in three series. Vaccination for hepatitis A is of two types. The first type is a single dose of vaccine and the second type is a combination vaccine used to protect from both hepatitis A and B.

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Why does my 10-week-old baby refuse her feed after vaccination?

Query: Hi doctor, My baby is 10 weeks old, and I had her vaccinated yesterday (Pentaxim and Hepatitis B). Since the vaccination, she is refusing to breastfeed. She takes a suck and starts crying. Even when I pump and give her milk, she drinks hardly 15 ml and falls asleep. Is it normal? What can I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Preeti Puranik

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Pentaxim is Diphtheria vaccine, which causes comparatively less pain and fever. But the same can cause pain and discomfort in few babies. Maybe your baby is having pain and discomfort due to which she is refusing to breastfeed. Sometimes, rotavirus vaccine can a...  Read Full »

Can viruses transfer from clothes to other personal things they come in contact with?

Query: Hello doctor, I have concerns about hepatitis transmission. Yesterday I was with two ladies (sex workers), and they were lesbian (bisexual), and they used a dildo with a condom with each other. I have concerns because the lady removed the condom then she touched my thigh with the dildo) and also,...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Please check with the ladies, if still in contact, regarding their hepatitis B vaccination status and, if possible, undertake entire STI (sexually transmitted infections) panel tests (including hepatitis B, HIV (human immunodeficiency virus),...  Read Full »

Does a newborn screening test is necessary?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is pregnant, and the expected due date is in twenty days. I heard about newborn screening test, is it essential? Because it costs a lot. And please guide us about the medication and vaccination, after the baby's birth.  Read Full »

Dr. Sathawane Aparna Mulchand

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The newborn screening test is not mandatory at all. It is advisable when a family has some known genetic or metabolic disorder. Do not do cord blood banking. A newborn baby does not require any medicines, except mother's milk. But, some drops of multivitamin and ca...  Read Full »

When are BCG and OPV given after birth?

Query: Hi doctor, My baby is 10 days old. The doctor has given only hepatitis B vaccines at the time of birth. And, they planned BCG and OPV-B after 15 days. Is that fine?  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your question and I know that you are very concerned about your child, but do not worry. Ideally BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin), OPV (oral polio vaccine) and hepatitis B should be given at birth. But, if they have not been given at birth, then BCG and OPV ...  Read Full »

I developed symptoms of autoimmunity after Hepatitis B vaccine. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, Before the vaccinations, I was in good health and optimal fitness level. The Hepatitis B vaccine caused me an unresolved encephalopathy and symptoms of autoimmunity. It caused flu-like symptoms, including malaise, sore throat, diffuse musculoskeletal pain, extreme exhaustion, numbness of ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shobhit Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Most likely it is acute polyneuropathy. It is important to find the cause because treatment is based on it. Get an MRI of the spine and brain. Nerve conduction velocity of all four limbs. Meanwhile, you try taking tablet Neurobion Forte (Multivitamin), t...  Read Full »

Why is there a difference in the vaccine schedules given by my GP and at work?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a nursing student studying outside. I have just moved over from my hometown. Because I am doing nursing, the hepatitis B vaccine is required for occupational health. I received my first vaccine in January, followed by my second in February, from my own GP back home. He told me the nex...  Read Full »

Dr. Shobhit Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The schedule for the Hepatitis B vaccine is 0, 1, 6. For people at high risk, it is 0, 1, 2, and 6. It is usually three doses, including one booster dose, but for individuals at high risk of getting an infection, it is four doses, including the booster dose. Generall...  Read Full »

What are the preventive measures in case of slippage or breakage of condoms?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 37 year old heterosexual male. I am HIV negative with no known STD. I always have safe sex. I always have very safe sex with girls who are not sex workers. But may have casual sex with others. Generally, I would imagine that they too would be practicing safe sex with their regul...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Udey

Answer: Hi, Welcome to An unsafe sex increases the chance of contracting STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) as well as HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). As you mentioned that the status of your partners are mostly not known, so this puts you in risk of contracting STD or HIV if you get in...  Read Full »

My HbsAb is below 10 IU/ml. Do I need a booster shot for hepatitis B?

Query: Hi doctor, I was exposed to a needlestick injury around ten weeks ago, and I ran a series of tests out of fear. They are as follows: 1) HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) combination test - Non-reactive. 2) HbsAg (hepatitis B surface antigen) test - Non-reactive. 3) HCV (hepatitis C virus) test was ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. The laboratory tests you took are negative for viral illnesses possibly transmitted by needle stick injury, primarily HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). However, it is a good idea to keep getting tested yearly. Ot...  Read Full »

My 8-year-old daughter, following all vaccination schedules, is showing symptoms of hepatitis B. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,My daughter is eight years old and has been given all the vaccines that the doctor has suggested. But, now, since yesterday, she is showing strange symptoms. So, I searched online to find them, and it says she may have hepatitis B. Can you help me know what the hepatitis B treatment gui...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Kindly elaborate on the symptoms that you described as strange. Usually, in the vaccination schedule, hepatitis B vaccination is also one of the vaccines. If so, it is unlikely to be a hepatitis B infection, which spreads by parenteral or sexual route. However, for hep...  Read Full »

I used only one pair of gloves and a respirator mask during extraction for a hepatitis patient. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a newly graduated dentist. I did an extraction for a patient using one pair of gloves and respirator with mask in the absence of my senior. Later, I came to know that the patient has an history of acute hepatitis. Should I be concerned? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hi,Welcome to chance of parenteral spread is almost nil since you have taken preventive measures.Follow the below steps;1. I suggest 1 ml booster dose if you are vaccinated for hepatitis B during childhood.2. If not, I suggest two doses of 10 mcg/ml hepatitis B vaccine at a month apa...  Read Full »

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