Hepatitis B Vaccine

Nurses General Nursing


Hi...I am new to this site, and am majoring in Nursing. I came across this site a month or so back and all of you were so helpful. I have been told that I will have to have the Hep B series soon. I have tried looking for good information on this vaccine, but there is so much out there am not sure what is real or not. Are there a lot of side effects with this medicine? I know I have to start it soon, but kind of wanted to get some more information. I am glad to be a part of this group. lol I know from reading posts before that yall tell it like it is, lol I NEED that!

Thanks in advance,



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I finished mine up in August and had no problems with it at all. Good luck and welcome to the board!!



324 Posts

Run, not walk to get it. It is so safe that in PA it is mandated that it be given to new borns. As long as the babe is over 4 pounds it is given on the day of birth, at one month, and at 9 months. The most common side effect is pain at the site. I had mine as an adult and other than some muscle soreness I had no problems. BTW, you are 90 times more likely to be expessed to Hep B as you are to AIDS- and that's in the general population, not in the medical field. Don't mess with Hep B.

Specializes in Pediatrics.

I give hep b every day, all day long, among other vaccines. you can go to Merks website http://WWW.merckvaccine.com and check it out, or Aventis at http://WWW.vaccineshoppe.com, or my favorite http://WWW.immunize.org. Hope that helps.


446 Posts

Good advice has been given to you. Best to get all your 3 Hep B vaccinations before you start clinical. ;-)

NicuGal, MSN, RN

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Specializes in NICU, PICU, PACU.

For sure get it before clinicals...why take the chance? The worst thing I have heard is that some people get a slight fever...but most have no effects at all!


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Thank you all so much for your input. I shall start them on Monday.




78 Posts

I have never heard of any reactions first hand. However some say it itches. DON'T scratch it. Aside from what has been posted this is the only other thing I have heard of.

Good luck in school,



108 Posts

I overcame my phobia of being on the receiving end of a needle and am glad I did. My phobia of contracting HepB was greater. I had no adverse reactions from the shots.

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