Pediatric Healthcare Connection - Hepatitis B Vaccination

Due to your occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials, you may be at risk for acquiring hepatitis B viral (HBV) infection. The vaccination series is available, at no cost, to you. Please indicate below your declination or acceptance to receive the vaccine.

Hepatitis B is a blood borne virus which can cause a range of symptoms from mild to serious, and possibly result in fatal liver damage to health care workers who become infected. The virus can be transmitted through contact with infectious fluids of a patient who has hepatitis B virus. You have been taught the concepts of Universal Precautions concerning safe patient care and the use of equipment to avoid unnecessary exposure.

Synthetic hepatitis B vaccine is derived from yeast cells. It is not composed of human blood or plasma. It is given as a series of three injections into the arm muscle at prescribed intervals (initial shot, one month later, and six months later). It has proven to be over 80-90% effective in protecting against the disease. There may be hypersensitivity to the vaccine, and there may be soreness and swelling of the injection arm. Other side effects may occur at an incidence of under 3% of injections.

The vaccine will not be given to persons with known sensitivity to aluminum hydroxide, thimerosal, yeast or hepatitis antigen and will only be given with your personal physician’s recommendations in the cases of pregnancy or presence of other infection of immunosuppressive state. The vaccine does not grant 100% assurance of immunity.