My doc strongly encouraged me to have both Hepatitis A & B Vaccines. I understand that the vaccines come in combination form which is given as 3 shots, over a period of 6 months.
Did you receive the vaccines before, during or after trt for HVC? Is there any reason to be concerned about any additional sides or the possibility of it influencing any potential success of trt for HVC?
My doc also told me it was extremely important to get the A & B vaccinations. Here's how it went for me. I had the first combo (A&B together) before I started treatment and I had the last two shots during treatment. I felt no side effects from the vaccination other than a slightly sore arm. My doc told me that there wasn't a right or wrong timing in getting the vaccination but it was simply important to get them.
As a side note: I had the B vaccination about 20 years ago but my initial testing for HCV which included tests for A and B showed that I was not protected from HBV so the vaccination I had 20 years earlier either wore off or didn't take. My doc also told me that it was fairly important to get a titre run about 6 months after the vaccination series to see if they did "take". If not, then I would need them get them again. For some people it takes twice. I had the titre and it showed the vaccination series did give me protection.
The idea behind getting the vaccinations is that Hep C tx MAY lower your immune system making you susceptible to bacteriological infections. Ideally it should be started b4 tx or at the least in the beginning. Having said that I'm getting the last shot 5 mths after tx ended. Sigh. Well it's still a valuable thing to have done. No sides, except as noted above, a sore arm for a day.
That was one of the first things both my doc and specialist told me to do was to get the Hep a and b vaccines. Although I have not got them yet, totaly my fault. I really need to make and apt for that after the holliday. I don't have an exact date yet but I'll be starting tx any time now so looks like I'll be getting mine while on tx as well. I had forgot that it's more than a one time shot.
It is my understanding that the reason to get the shots is to save your liver from a potential assault from another liver destroying condition. To get Hepatitis A when you already have C would be potentially catastrophic. I had already been vaccinated years earlier so didn't need to when diagnosed
Thanks all. I've had good intentions of getting the vaccinces, but it hasn't been on the top of my priority list. You know how that goes.
As some mentioned, my doc indicated you don't want to get either A or B on top of C. I guess I needed to hear some assurance that the vaccines won't compromise the potential positive benefits of trt. And to learn that the Hep B vaccine is a cancer vaccine as well is an added bonus. I did not know that.
Hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day weekend.
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