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Vaccine for Hepatitis B

This is a viral infection that can cause serious problems. It is caused by the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV).

health and fitness Updated: Oct 18, 2003 19:52 IST
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This is a viral infection that can cause serious problems. It is caused by the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). Chronic infection can cause serious liver damage, leading to fatalities.

The signs and symptoms of the infection are;

Jaundice(yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)

Tiredness

Loss of appetite

Pain in the muscles, joints or stomach

Diarrhoea or vomiting

The Route of Spread.

It is a blood borne infection and can spread in the following ways:

From an infected pregnant mother to the child in the womb

Unprotected sexual intercourse

Unsterilised needles

Who is susceptible?

HBV can affect all individuals. Among adults the high risk groups are:

Those who are in close contact with infected persons

Health care workers

Injected drug users

Men who have sex with men

Infants born to infected mothers

Hemodialysis patients

(Source: Webhealthcentre.com)