About Hepatitis B Vaccine
Engerix ?B is a recombinant vaccine that is used to combat Hepatitis B. It has no live parts.Updated: Oct 20, 2003 17:42 IST
Engerix –B is a recombinant vaccine that is used to combat Hepatitis B. It has no live parts. It contains a portion of the outer protein of the HBV or Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg).
This vaccine is administered in three doses intramuscularly. Shanvac is the other brand of Hepatitis B vaccine available in India.
What are the benefits of the vaccine?
Hepatitis B is a serious illness. It can lead to cirrhosis of liver or cancer of liver, even to death Therefore prevention saves a lot of trouble.
Vaccinating the child makes it safe against the disease in the adult years. A pregnant woman with infection can pass on the infection to the foetus, which will affect the newborn’s health. As vaccination is not advised during pregnancy, it is better to take the vaccination earlier.
The vaccine has been found to be safe with no serious side effects.
Who is advised the vaccine?
Since anybody can get Hepatitis B the vaccination is advised for all age groups. Though this vaccination has not been included in the Indian government’s mandatory vaccination list, paediatrician feel that this vaccination has real benefits and advise vaccination for children under their care.
People in the high riskgroups are definitely advised to take these shots.
First Published: Oct 20, 2003 17:42 IST