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Hepatitis B Vaccine For Children
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
The vaccine is an injection that helps protect your child from the virus that causes hepatitis B. Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection. The virus is usually spread through contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected person. Your child can also get it by touching an object that has the virus on it. The virus can live on an object for up to 7 days. Your baby can be infected at birth if his mother has hepatitis B.
Call 911 for any of the following:
- Your child has signs of a severe allergic reaction, such as trouble breathing, hives, or wheezing.
Return to the emergency department if:
- Your child has a high fever or behavior changes that concern you.
Contact your child's healthcare provider if:
- You have questions or concerns about the hepatitis B vaccine.
Apply a warm compress
to the area where your child got the vaccine to relieve swelling and pain.
Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
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