Essay about Hepatitis B Vaccine for Newborns
What Is Hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B virus is an organism that infects the liver, causing either a short, acute illness or a chronic, long-lasting disease. A baby who gets infected with the virus may experience a mild condition with no symptoms, but most babies become chronic carriers of the virus and pass them to others. What's worse is that one out of four carriers of the virus eventually develop serious liver …show more content…
Fortunately, since the hepatitis B vaccine (HBV) became a regular part of the immunization schedule recommended in the US since 1991, the incidence of infection significantly dropped (94%) among children and adolescents and 75% in the general population. In the last three decades, the number of people who acquire the infection has gone down from about 260,000 to 38,000, notably among young individuals.
What Are the Side Effects of the Hepatitis B Vaccine?
HBV is generally considered safe, but like any medication, it has some risks. The following list of possible side effects of HBV may occur in babies as well as adults.
1. Common ones
Common side effects that occur within one or two days