Commonly asked questions about the Twinrix Vaccine for Hepatitis A and B
The Twinrix vaccine is a combination vaccine that provides protection against hepatitis A and hepatitis B. It is administered as a series of three injections over a 6-month period. The vaccine is recommended for adults who are at increased risk of infection with these viruses, such as healthcare workers, travelers to certain countries, and individuals with certain medical conditions. It is highly effective at preventing hepatitis A and B, and can help prevent the spread of these diseases.
As with all vaccines, there is a very small risk of experiencing a severe allergic reaction to the Twinrix vaccine. This reaction, known as anaphylaxis, is rare and can be treated effectively with medication. Other possible side effects of the vaccine may include pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site, fever, headache, and muscle aches. These side effects are usually mild and resolve on their own within a few days. It is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of the vaccine with your doctor before getting vaccinated.
Yes, it is possible to get the Twinrix vaccine even if you have previously received a vaccination for hepatitis B. The Twinrix vaccine provides protection against both hepatitis A and hepatitis B, so if you have previously been vaccinated for hepatitis B, the Twinrix vaccine can provide additional protection against hepatitis A.