Hepatitis B Vaccine Singapore
Comprehensive hepatitis B vaccination is available at DTAP Express Clinic, Tanjong Pagar, just minutes away from Tanjong Pagar MRT. The vaccination is typically given over 3 doses and in 0, 1 and 6 month intervals.
Hepatitis B Vaccine: What You Need to Know
1. Why get vaccinated?
Hepatitis B vaccine can prevent hepatitis B. Hepatitis B is a liver disease that can cause mild illness lasting a few weeks, or it can lead to a serious, lifelong illness.
- Acute hepatitis B infection is a short-term illness that can lead to fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, jaundice (yellow skin or eyes, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements), and pain in the muscles, joints, and stomach.
- Chronic hepatitis B infection is a long-term illness that occurs when the hepatitis B virus remains in a person’s body. Most people who go on to develop chronic hepatitis B do not have symptoms, but it is still very serious and can lead to liver damage (cirrhosis), liver cancer, and death. Chronically infected people can spread hepatitis B virus to others, even if they do not feel or look sick themselves.
Depending on the age at which one is infected with Hepatitis B, the percentage of infected persons becoming a chronic carrier can vary from over 90% in infants who become infected through their mothers to about 10% in adults.
Hepatitis B is spread when blood, semen, or other body fluid infected with the hepatitis B virus enters the body of a person who is not infected. People can become infected through:
- Birth (if a pregnant person has hepatitis B, their baby can become infected)
- Sharing items such as razors or toothbrushes with an infected person
- Contact with the blood or open sores of an infected person
- Sex with an infected partner
- Sharing needles, syringes, or other drug-injection equipment
- Exposure to blood from needlesticks or other sharp instruments
Most people who are vaccinated with hepatitis B vaccine are immune for life.
2. Hepatitis B Vaccine Singapore – Dosage
Hepatitis B vaccine is usually given as 3 shots.
3. Who Should Get The Hepatitis B Vaccine
Children and adolescents younger than 19 years of age who have not yet gotten the vaccine should be vaccinated.
Adults who were not vaccinated previously and want to be protected against hepatitis B can also get the vaccine.
Hepatitis B vaccine is also recommended for the following people:
- People whose sex partners have hepatitis B
- Sexually active persons who are not in a long-term, monogamous relationship
- People seeking evaluation or treatment for a sexually transmitted disease
- Victims of sexual assault or abuse
- Men who have sexual contact with other men
- People who share needles, syringes, or other drug-injection equipment
- People who live with someone infected with the hepatitis B virus
- Health care and public safety workers at risk for exposure to blood or body fluids
- Residents and staff of facilities for developmentally disabled people
- People living in jail or prison
- Travelers to regions or persons living in regions with increased rates of hepatitis B
- People with chronic liver disease, kidney disease on dialysis, HIV infection, infection with hepatitis C, or diabetes
Hepatitis B vaccine may be given at the same time as other vaccines.
4. The Essence Of The Ailment
Hepatitis B is a stealthy virus that infiltrates the liver, causing short-term damage or long-term harm. Approximately 30% of those infected become carriers, potentially inflicting lasting liver damage and spreading the virus to their kin. Transmitted primarily through bodily fluids, sexual contact, and from mother to child, Hepatitis B remains a formidable foe.
5. The Shielding Effect
The Hepatitis B vaccine stands as a formidable deterrent against the infection.
6. Anticipating The Aftermath
To achieve immunity, three doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine are necessary over six months. Most individuals experience no adverse effects, though some may encounter mild soreness at the injection site or a slight fever, which can be alleviated with paracetamol.
7. The Intended Recipients
In Singapore, newborns typically receive the vaccine at birth and complete the vaccination by six months of age. However, those born before October 1985 may not have been vaccinated and should consider receiving this essential protection.
Speak to our certified vaccinators and get yourself and your loved ones protected.
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Hepatitis B Vaccine Singapore FAQs
What does this vaccine protect against?
Hepatitis B virus
Who is eligible for this vaccine?
Males and females of all ages are eligible for this vaccine; however, dosing may be lower for children younger than 12 years old
What is the dosing interval for this vaccine?
0, 1 month, and 6 months
What are some possible side effects?
Pain, redness, swelling at injection site; headache, fever, nausea, muscle or joint pain
How long does this vaccine last?
Current evidence suggests protection lasting 20-30 years from primary vaccination series; booster doses may be considered in certain populations or dependent on hepatitis B antibody titres
Can this vaccine be taken together with other vaccines, e.g. COVID vaccines?
Yes, this vaccine can be taken together or a short time before or after other vaccines, including the COVID vaccines
Can I take this vaccine if I am pregnant?
Yes, this vaccine can be safely administered when you are pregnant
Who will administer the vaccine?
The vaccine will be administered by a trained and certified vaccinator
Can I get an MC for the day of the vaccination?
No as only doctors are allowed to issue MC; However our vaccinator can provide you with a timesheet when you come for the vaccination
Are there any restrictions after my vaccine? E.g. food/drinks, exercise, etc.
There are no restrictions or other limitations to note after this vaccine