Hepatitis A and B are two different types of hepatitis, and while they are both a result of a viral infection, the two viruses are different. This is why it is necessary to receive a vaccine for both Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B.
Hepatitis A Vaccine
The Hepatitis A vaccine requires two doses, given at 6 months apart. In most cases, our doctor recommends that children receive their first vaccine between 12 and 23 months of age. If your child is older than 2 years old, they can still receive their first dose. If you are travelling, be sure to receive your vaccination at least one month before your departure date.
Hepatitis B Vaccine
Depending on the type of vaccine that our doctor uses, you will need three to four doses for long-lasting protection. Each dose is administered as a shot.
Dr. John Abroon recommends that children receive their first dose as a newborn, completing their series of immunization shots by 6 months of age. In most cases, the first dose is administered at 1 month old, and the third dose at 6 months old. Children and teenagers can receive catch-up vaccinations if they were unable to receive all three doses.
If you are an adult who has not received a Hepatitis B vaccination, talk with our doctor today.
We welcome you to talk with Dr. John Abroon if you have any questions about the Hepatitis A and B vaccines in New York, New York. We can review your immunization history and determine whether you need one or both of these vaccines.