Can Hepatitis B And TORCH Vaccines Be Combined?
I’m a woman and married. Is it okay when I go through the Hep B vaccine process at the same time as the torch vaccine? Thanks
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Several types of vaccines are recommended to be obtained for women who are about to get married or will be planning a pregnancy, including vaccines for Hepatitis B and TORCH (Toxoplasmosis, other, Rubella, Cytomegalovirus, and Herpes).
Hepatitis B vaccine should ideally be obtained by women since 6 months before marriage. Meanwhile, TORCH vaccine should be done at least 3 months before marriage. With adequate protection against hepatitis B and TORCH the risk of disorders in pregnancy and fetal defects, such as hearing loss, vision problems, mental retardation, autism, and so on can be prevented. However, even if you don't get this vaccine before you get married, it's never too late to do it.
Some types of vaccine do not matter done at the same time or close together. This is usually done by considering the vaccine component, whether included in a live vaccine or a dead vaccine.
Live vaccines contain weakened microorganisms, which can stimulate the formation of immunity, but do not cause illness. Some examples of live vaccines are MMR (which is useful for increasing immunity to mumps, measles and rubella), BCG (which is useful for increasing immunity against tuberculosis), varicella (which is useful for increasing immunity against chickenpox), oral polio, rotavirus, fever yellow, and so on.
Meanwhile, the dead vaccine contains a component of the virus or bacteria that have been destroyed so that they are no longer active but can still stimulate the body's immunity. Some examples of dead vaccines are injectable polio vaccine, DPT (which is useful for increasing immunity against diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus), hepatitis B, influenza, and so on.
As long as your immune system is good, giving a live vaccine and a dead vaccine simultaneously can be done (including hepatitis B vaccine with the TORCH vaccine). However, it should be noted again the location of the injection so as not to cause antibody confusion or the potential for more severe side effects. Provision of several types of vaccines also needs to be done by considering many other factors, including the availability of facilities. Therefore, you should consult directly with your doctor or obstetrician, right? With his competence and experience, of course he knows better what is best for his patients.
I hope this helps.