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Recombivax HB is approved to prevent hepatitis B. The vaccine may also be given in combination with hepatitis B immune globulin to prevent the disease in people who have recently been exposed to the virus. Healthcare providers may occasionally recommend "off-label" uses for Recombivax HB -- for example, giving an adult the pediatric formula during a vaccine shortage.
What Is Recombivax HB Used For?Recombivax HB® (hepatitis B vaccine) is one of a few vaccines available to provide protection against hepatitis B. It is approved for use in all ages. Specifically, hepatitis B vaccines (including Recombivax HB) are recommended for people in the following groups:
- Adults who are at an increased risk for hepatitis B infection, including (but not limited to):
- People with jobs that expose them to human blood
- People who live in the same house as others with hepatitis B
- Residents and staff in institutions for the developmentally disabled
- Sexual partners of people infected with hepatitis B
- Men who have sex with men
- People who inject street drugs
- People with more than one sex partner
- People with chronic liver or kidney disease
- Kidney dialysis patients
- People who travel to countries where hepatitis B is common
- People with HIV.
- All infants and children under 18 years of age.