Hep B vaccine...are you vaccinated? - page 2

I am entering a wound care program, and I needed to get a physical eval clearance from my doc. My doc has to take this soooo seriously, he makes me come in for a updated U/A CBC and he "ordered" a... Read More

  1. by   cpgrn
    I was vaccinated when it was first offered at the hospital where I worked during the 90's. Had to have proof of the series for rn school also. All the kids I work with are either vacinated or in the process. I've only encountered one religious objection in 5 years and they had to have a letter from their pastor.
  2. by   ShandyLynnRN
    I've got it. It is low risk, and you can never be too careful!
  3. by   frannybee
    I was vaccinated during my training (2000) but had my titres done this year and had to have a booster. In five years time, I'll have to have *another* booster. I'd rather have the needles than Hep B.

    Rural communities with large Aboriginal populations are introducing vaccination in infancy, and last I heard it was going to be introduced for all school children in Qld.
  4. by   KaroSnowQueen
    Got the series in early 90's. Had titres done for new job in 2001, all good. Figure if I can keep from getting any nasty germies out there, I should take advantage of it. You don't know where these people have been and what they have done.
  5. by   prmenrs
    The more people who are immunized against a disease (making the assumption that the vaccine is good, etc.), the less disease occurs in the population as a whole, including the non-immunized people. That's called "herd immunity".

    Since hepatitis B is a very BAD player as far as sequelae (like a high incidence of liver failure or cancer), complications, rapid acute onset and and even death in some cases, health care workers coming in contact wet stuff not belonging to themselves more often than the average person are advised to get this vaccine, and that's why "they" [the CDC] is pushing so hard to get kids (and health care workers, and just about everyone else)vaccinated.

    I got my series in 1987-88 (recombinant DNA type, safer than the older version), I did convert, and got a booster in the mid 90's.

    My personal bias is: GET it!!
  6. by   copperd
    I had the series before it was a "safe vaccine". I still show immunity, even after this long. I see no reason not to take it and a lot of reasons why you should. I worked for an M.D. who got it from a patient and he gave it to his whole family . (What a gift). Of course his was before the vaccine. To protect my family, I would go for it any time I had to.
  7. by   susanmary
    I was required to have all three immunization doses for Hep B in nursing school. The hospital I'm working at requires RNs to also be immunized for Hep B.
  8. by   kittyw
    I'm vaccinated against Hep B, Hep A, meningitis, and all the regular childhood vaccinations. I've never had an adverse reaction to any shot, and I would rather have a shot than get a disease.
  9. by   LPN2639
    I am an LPN in a LTC facility. This is the only job I have had since I graduated from LPN school last June.

    Anyway, I have not had it simply because I have read so many bad things from it. Side effects. My RN supervisor (BSN) took the first one and could not take anymore. It did something to her joints....joint pain, swelling, etc. So that was enuff to scare me.

    THEN AGAIN---I know I need it. MY son took it as a toddler so why should I not take it myself if I was not worried about putting him through it...he had no problems. And most people I talk to who have had it had no problems either.

    I also give my mother injections 2 x week for RA and the stuff is made from hamster ovaries and extremely immunosupressing. My point is...others take it without problems and take other stuff that sounds so much worse, yet they are fine so far.

    Why should I be afraid? I dunno. But I am.

    My RN program that I am hoping to get in next year (I am in A and P, now) I believe requires it. And all of the hospitals here require it.

    So when it boils down to it whenever I get my RN I will have to take it or I might as well find a different profession right now.....!

  10. by   P_RN
    Yes. First "free series" in my hospital. Had a needlestick and billing office tried to BILL me for like $200. That was like 1986 maybe.....

    I saw where there is a combined Hep A/Hep B vaccine coming out. So far my titres show Im still protected.
  11. by   NurseGirlKaren
    Yep. My feeling is that with so many un-protectable (?) things out there, why not get vaccinated against the things that I can?
  12. by   sanakruz
    I too took the series in mid 90's. Was working acute psych and the facility paid for the vaccine.I remeber feeling some site soreness for a couple days after each inj. We nurses gave it to each other-they were not reguired to have an infection control nurse!
  13. by   baseline
    Had the series 3 times and have never seroconverted. Oh well. But I tried!