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Hepatitis B
Posted by: Jenny
Date: April 24, 2002 10:47 PM

If you get vaccinated against Hepatitis B...are you 100 percent safe from being affected?

RE: Hepatitis B
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: April 26, 2002 3:32 AM

No vaccine is 100% effective and there are potential side-effects ranging in severity all the way up to and including death.

RE: Hepatitis B
Posted by: Jenny
Date: April 26, 2002 5:20 AM

So in other words, if I have Hep B, it is still possible for me to spread the disease to another individual during intercourse or even kissing, even though that individual has been vaccinated?

RE: Hepatitis B
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: April 26, 2002 1:25 PM

Vaccination after you have contracted hep-B does nothing for that episode of hep-B, so you could still be infective. However, it might help prevent future new infections, although as I said, no vaccination is 100% effective.



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