The hepatitis B vaccine is highly effective, offering around 98% effective protection.
Common side effects of the vaccine include:
- Pain at the injection site
- Loss of appetite
Full protection involves having 3 injections of the hepatitis B vaccine at the recommended intervals. A few weeks later your body will have had time to develop antibodies and have full immunity.
Hepatitis B is highly infectious and is transmitted from exposure to blood or body fluids. Transmission routes typically include sexual exposure, exposure from contaminated medical equipment, medical or dental procedures, or a contaminated blood transfusion.