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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How effective are vaccinations against hepatitis?

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    I have had all three of my children vaccinated for hepatitis (A, B and C). Will this completely eliminate their chances of getting hepatitis?
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  • We are the peak community-based hepatitis organisation in the Australian state of New South Wales. We take a partnership approach with people primarily affected by … View Profile

    Currently there is no vaccine against hepatitis C but there are very effective vaccinations for hepatitis A and hepatitis B. These are available as a combined vaccine (A&B) or for hepatitis B in combination with other disease vaccines (diptheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, etc.)

    Given that 90% of babies with hepatitis B develop chronic life-long illness, all infants are recommended to receive hepatitis B vaccine within eight days of birth, followed by booster shots in infancy.

    As long as an effective level of immunity is maintained, the hepatitis B vaccine will protect against hepatitis B infection.

    (source B Positive - all you wanted to know about hepatitis B: a guide for primary care providers. 2008)

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