Vaccine - Hepatitis B - Child

This is a vaccine that decreases your child's risk of getting hepatitis B, a viral infection of the liver.

This is a vaccine that decreases your child's risk of getting hepatitis B, a viral infection of the liver.

Hepatitis B is a viral infection of the liver that can cause:

  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Weakness
  • Tiredness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Dark urine
  • Liver failure
  • Liver scarring (cirrhosis) and liver cancer after prolonged infection

The hepatitis B vaccine helps protect your child from an infection with the hepatitis A virus. It will not protect your child from other liver infections (other types of hepatitis).

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children get their first dose of the hepatitis B vaccine after birth before they leave the hospital. The second dose should be given between 1 and 2 months of age. The third shot should be given at 6 months of age.

  • If your child has a moderate to severe illness, check with your healthcare provider before you receive the vaccine.
  • Your child should not receive the vaccine at all if they have a known allergy to any of the components of the vaccine (such as baker's yeast).
  • Children and adolescents who were not vaccinated should receive the hepatitis B vaccine series as soon as possible.

Contact your healthcare provider if your child is not up to date on the hepatitis B vaccine. Here is a list of questions you can ask about the hepatitis B vaccine.

  • Do you recommend this vaccine for my child, and why?
  • Does this vaccine need boosters, and when?
  • What are the side effects of this vaccine?
  • What are the risks if my child doesn't get the vaccine?


Also known as:

Vaccine Hepatitis B
Vaccine - Hepatitis B - Child
Immunization Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B Vaccine
Hepatitis B Shot
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