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Old 12-09-2013, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I was wondering if anyone here has got the vaccine to prevent hepatitis A&B? I got the Shingles Shot and was just thinking if I should get the hepatitis vaccine as well?
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Old 12-09-2013, 03:15 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Have had both. Hep A, one injection. Hep B, a series of three. I get every vaccine out there. Also had shingles and pneumonia vaccines. Plus many others.
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Old 12-09-2013, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Have had both but had to have 4 of the Hep B as I "didn't convert" or something. No reactions. I work in health care so I had to have them.
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Old 12-09-2013, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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I was wondering if anyone here has got the vaccine to prevent hepatitis A&B? I got the Shingles Shot and was just thinking if I should get the hepatitis vaccine as well?

Whether to take the hepatitis vaccines depends on your level of risk. See here:

http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/A/PDFs/...lFactSheet.pdf

http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/HBV/PDF...lFactSheet.pdf
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Old 12-10-2013, 02:34 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Hep A is a risk for anyone who eats food cooked by a restaurant. Can you ever be certain the staff have washed their hands properly? Foreign-bred cooks and food handlers may pose a greater risk, because they may not have unlearned the more "casual" hygiene standards of their home countries.

And it is a HUGE risk for anyone who travels and dines outside the US.

Hepatitis A is the most common cause of acute hepatitis in the USA. Why risk it?
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Old 12-10-2013, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Kanada 🍁
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We used to travel a lot outside of Canada so we got the Twinrix,a vaccine against hepatitis A and B.It is definitely advisable to have when you travel abroad .
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Old 12-12-2013, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Hep A is a risk for anyone who eats food cooked by a restaurant. Can you ever be certain the staff have washed their hands properly? Foreign-bred cooks and food handlers may pose a greater risk, because they may not have unlearned the more "casual" hygiene standards of their home countries.

And it is a HUGE risk for anyone who travels and dines outside the US.

Hepatitis A is the most common cause of acute hepatitis in the USA. Why risk it?
That is true, but the source may be the food itself, not the person who handles it:

Sharing Personal Story - Hepatitis A | The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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Old 12-13-2013, 02:12 PM
 
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I had both. Hep A was a series of two injections given 6 months apart. Hep B was three injections spaced, I think, a month between the first two and five months between the second and third. They're now routine vaccinations, but if you're older, you might never have gotten them as a child.
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