HEPATITIS B VACCINE – TYPE OF VACCINE

  • Hepatitis B Vaccine (HBV) is a purified surface antigen of hepatitis B virus.
  • Fortunately, the cost of the vaccines has been declining and the cost may no longer be a consideration in the choice of the vaccine.
  • The vaccine is very effective and gives 95% protection against hepatitis B virus infection.
  • 2 types of vaccines are available:

o    “Plasma derived vaccine” is made from the plasma of Hepatitis B positive carriers. Though, the vaccine is made from a “blood product”, the process of manufacture however makes it safe and effective.

o    “Recombinant Vaccine” is made by genetic engineering and has the advantage of not being made from a “blood product”. It is equally safe and effective.