Giving Hepatitis B Vaccine Doses?
My first child is now 15 years old, and was asked for another hepatitis B vaccine, because he will live in a dormitory. He got the vaccine at the age of 1,2 and 7 months. From the doctor because it is a booster / because it has been done, it was enough once, namely this June, while from the dormitory asked for 3 more times? How did the doctor respond? Thank you
Good afternoon, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. Hepatitis B is an infectious disease of the liver that has serious complications when it reaches a chronic stage, including liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. In addition, incidentally, this disease affects 1 in 10 people in Indonesia, a large number. That's why hepatitis B vaccination is done to avoid this disease.
Regarding your question, based on the Indonesian Pediatrician Association, 4 doses of hepatitis B vaccination are recommended, where 1 dose at birth, the second dose at 1-2 months of age, the third at 3 months and the fourth at 4 months. Or in adults, the hepatitis B vaccine is divided into 3 doses in which the first and second doses are given a gap of 1-6 months. So because your child has received the vaccine 4 times including a booster, your child is not obliged to get the vaccine again, let alone 3 times.
Our advice is that you should ask the dormitory about the reasons for asking for the vaccine, whether only to those who have never had the vaccine or indeed to all students. If all students without exception, you may be able to discuss with the boarding doctor about your child's need for the vaccine given the history of vaccinations that have been passed. Hopefully answered your question.
That's all, hope it helps.
dr. Amadeo D. Basfiansa