When and How to Get VaccinatedSome general considerations to keep in mind with Recombivax HB include the following:
- This vaccine is typically given as two or three doses, depending on the age of the individual.
- For infants, this vaccine is injected into a muscle (intramuscularly), usually in the thigh. In adults and older children, the upper arm can be used.
- If absolutely necessary, Recombivax HB can be injected subcutaneously (just under the skin), instead of intramuscularly. However, this method of injection might reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine and may increase the risk of certain side effects, such as lumps at the injection site.
- People can be vaccinated if they have a minor illness, such as the common cold. However, the vaccine should be postponed if the individual is moderately or severely ill.
Dosing Information for Recombivax HBThe specific dosage and schedule for Recombivax HB will vary, depending on the following factors:
- Your age
- Your previous vaccination history
- Your kidney function, especially if you are on dialysis.
(Click Recombivax HB Dosage for more information.)
Side EffectsJust like any vaccine, Recombivax HB can cause side effects. However, not everyone who receives the vaccine will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it well, with only minor side effects, if any. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Some of the most common side effects seen with Recombivax HB include but are not limited to:
- Injection site reactions, such as pain, redness, or swelling.
(Click Recombivax HB Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)