Is It Safe To Use The Hepatitis B Vaccine That Is Nearing Its Expiration Date?

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I want to ask, I am a nurse who has had 2 times the hepatitis B vaccine, and I will get the 3 x Lg vaccine this month, and I will get the vaccine on the 2nd of June 2018, but I read on the vaccine packaging the expiration date is on the date 28 June 2018, can we still use the vaccine which will expire in 24 days? Is it safe for me, and can the bacteria still be used as an antibody when I use it? Thanks

1 Answer:

Good evening, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Vaccination is a medical procedure performed to provide immunity against certain diseases by introducing weakened or killed bacteria or viruses in a person's body. The immune system will recognize the bacteria or virus, then make specific immunity against the disease.


Hepatitis B vaccination, of course, is given to make the body immune to hepatitis B. This vaccine is important because nearly 10% of Indonesians have this infection of the liver. If left untreated, this disease can lead to complications such as liver cancer and cirrhosis.


Although it is often given to infants and children in the form of BCG immunization, it does not mean that adults are not at risk for hepatitis B. Some conditions in which adults have a high risk of developing hepatitis B are:

Medical workers, or other workers who have frequent contact with human blood and body fluids
People with diabetes or high blood sugar
Have a partner who is infected with hepatitis B
Have long (chronic) liver or kidney disease
Staff and residents of mental hospital institutions
Injecting drug users, tattoo makers or non-sterile needle users
HIV sufferers

This vaccination consists of ingredients that are safe for all ages and are usually given 3-4 times over a period of six months. Regarding your question, of course using the vaccine is safe as long as it has not passed the expiration date. But you also have to pay attention to whether the drug has been stored in the right place to store the drug. This can be seen from whether the drug is at a stable temperature, whether it is exposed to direct sunlight, whether there is a seal or a cracked lid, and so on. Because if the storage is not good, the medicine can be damaged before the expiration date stated on the package. However, if the storage is good, then you can still use it without worrying about it before it expires. So, hopefully it answers your question.


dr. Amadeo D. Basfiansa

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