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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 during birth if his or her mother has hepatitis B. This increases his or her risk for developing chronic hepatitis B.


DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

  • Your child has signs of a severe allergic reaction, such as trouble breathing, hives, or wheezing.

Seek care immediately if:

  • Your child has a high fever or behavior changes that concern you.

Call your child's doctor 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 doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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