What is it?
Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by hepatitis B virus. Sometimes hepatitis B is asymptomatic, but it can be deadly. Some common symptoms include stomach pain, nausea, and jaundice.
The hepatitis B vaccine is >98% effective at preventing infection.
3 doses of the hepatitis B vaccine are recommended, except for HEPLISAV-B which only requires 2 doses.
What's the difference between them?
There are three vaccines that exclusively protect against hepatitis B:
Engerix-B, HEPLISAV-B, Prehevbrio*, and Recombivax HB,.
*Prehevbrio is only approved for people over 18.
There are also three combination vaccines:
Pediarix protects against polio, hepatitis B, and diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis
Twinrix protects against Hepatitis A and B
Vaxelis contains protects against polio, hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), and diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.
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