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MISSED SECOND HEPATITIS B SHOT

QUESTION
I received the first round of hepatitis B vaccinations in October 2005. I didnít go back for the second round until October 2007. Will it work to get the last vaccine? Should I start all over?

ANSWER
The hepatitis B prevention series consists of three shots. The longer the time between shots, actually the better. There is no need to start over. Please go see your doctor and get the 2nd shot. Three shots are needed for the best protection. Hepatitis B is spread through vaginal or anal sex and needle use. Everyone should get the shots and be protected.

For more information about hepatitis B visit http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/b/index.htm, for more information about the shots visit http://www.sfcityclinic.org/services/stdservices.asp.

To your health,
Dr. K


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