Hepatitis B Vaccine FAQs

Q: What is Hepatitis B?

A: Hepatitis B is a viral infection that attacks the liver and can cause both acute and chronic disease. The virus is transmitted through contact with the blood or other body fluids of an infected person.

Q: At what age do persons usually receive the Hepatitis B vaccine?

A: Persons receive the vaccine at 2, 4, and 6 months old. It is also given primarily to adolescents who did not receive all three doses as a baby.

Q: How often do persons have to take this vaccine?

A: The vaccine protects against the infection for atleast 20 years.

Q: What are the side effects of this vaccine?

A: Common side effects of the vaccine are: fatigue, pain and tenderness at the injection site, fever and headache

Q: Where can persons receive this vaccine?

A: The Vaccine is given to children at the Child Health clinic at their Health centre or at the Ministry of Public Health’s Vaccination Centre

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