Friday, November 16

Tag: hepatitis B virus

PREVENTION OF HEPATITIS B AND HEPATITIS B VACCINE

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The  best way to prevent hepatitis B infection is to get vaccinated .A person needs to be administered three injections over a period of  six-month .Combination vaccines against hepatitis A and hepatitis B are also available. Combination vaccines for the paediatric age group   that protect against HBV, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis) and poliovirus are also available. The vaccines against hepatitis B are recommended for infants and children, all adults over 18 years old who  not been vaccinated previously, partners or household contacts of patients  who are  infected with hepatitis B  virus  , people having multiple sexual partners , drug users , people with other sexually transmitted diseases such as hepatitis C or HIV, people in high risk jobs such as health worker

COURSE OF HEPATITITS B (HBV) INFECTIONS

hepatitis B virus
Hepatitis B is caused by infection with the hepatitis B virus (HBV).  Although 90 per cent of the people infected with hepatitis B are cleared of the infection, about ten per cent go into the chronic phase .Hence the outcome of the disease is different for different people. After the infection, in the first 6 months the person has acute hepatitis – hence this phase is known as the acute phase. During the acute phase the person suffers from fever, nausea, loss of appetite and yellow discolouration of the skin called jaundice. The symptoms may range from mild to severe in different people Fulminant hepatic failure (FHF) or acute liver failure (ALF) is caused when there is massive acute damage to the liver leading to the failure of its synthetic capacity and detoxifying capacity.