Hepatitis B Vaccine (cont.)
In this Article
- What is hepatitis B?
- Hepatitis B vaccine: Why get vaccinated?
- Who should get the hepatitis B vaccine and when?
- Who should NOT get the hepatitis B vaccine?
- What are the risks from the hepatitis B vaccine?
- What if there is a moderate or severe reaction?
- The National Vaccine Injury Compenation Program
- How can I learn more?
What if There is a Moderate or Severe Reaction?
What Should I Look For?
Any unusual condition, such as a severe allergic reaction or a high fever. If a severe allergic reaction occurred, it would happen within a few minutes to an hour after the shot. Signs of a serious allergic reaction can include difficulty breathing, weakness, hoarseness or wheezing, a fast heart beat, hives, dizziness, paleness, or swelling of the throat.
What Should I Do?
- Call a doctor, or get the person to a doctor right away.
- Tell the doctor what happened, the date and time it happened, and when the vaccination was given.
- Ask your provider to report the reaction by filing a Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) form. Or you can file this report through the VAERS website at www.vaers.hhs.gov, or by calling 1-800-822-7967.
The National Vaccine Injury Compenation Program
For more information about the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, call
1-800-338-2382 or visit their website at www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation.
How Can I Learn More?
- Ask your doctor or nurse. They can give you the vaccine package insert or suggest other sources of informatFion.
- Call your local or state health department.
- Contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): - Call 1-800-232-4636 (1-800-CDC-INFO)
Centers for Disease Control
Last Editorial Review: 3/3/2010
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