Hepatitis B is a viral infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV), which can cause both acute and chronic diseases like liver failure, liver cancer and liver cirrhosis (scarring). Hepatitis B viruses are transmitted through contact with blood or other bodily fluids of an infected person. It is the leading cause of liver cancer worldwide. Research found that an estimated 7.3 million Filipinos or 16.7% of the adult population, are chronically infected with the hepatitis B virus, which is a much higher rate than other countries in the Southeast Asian region.

Taking the vaccination is a long-term protection for you and your loved ones.

  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Soreness, redness and swelling at the site of injection
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and the ‘whites’ of the eyeball)
  • Joint pain
  • Rash which may be itchy
  • Fever
  • Pain over the right upper abdomen
  • Dark urine (tea-coloured)
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Clay-colored bowel movements

  • Hepatitis B vaccine helps to boost your immune system to make antibodies that fight against the virus if it ever gets into your body.
  • It is the most effective vaccine that has proven to lower the number of people who get hepatitis B every year worldwide.

The hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for all infants at birth, children up to 18 years, for adults living with diabetes and those at high risk for infections such as:

  • Sexually active people who are not in long-term, mutually monogamous relationships.
  • People who are on treatment for sexually transmitted illnesses.
  • People who have HIV or Hepatitis C.
  • People who had gone through a liver enzyme test with unexplained abnormal results.
  • Patients on medications that suppress the immune system, such as those used to prevent rejection after an organ transplant.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Healthcare workers and public safety workers with reasonably anticipated risk for exposure to blood or blood-contaminated body fluids.
  • Men who have sex with men.
  • Current or recent injection drug users.
  • Inmates of long-term correctional facilities.
  • People with end-stage kidney disease, including predialysis, hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis patients.
  • Staff and residents of institutions or group homes for the developmentally challenged.
  • Household members and people who are in close contact with people that have chronic HBV infection.
  • International travellers to regions with high or intermediate rates of HBV infection.

  • People who had a servere allergic reaction to one dose of hepatitis B vaccine should not have another dose of hepatitis B vaccine.
  • People with a history of hypersensitivity to yeast should not receive this vaccine.
  • People with a moderate or severe acute illness should postpone receiving the vaccine til their condition is improved.

  • You can get the vaccination at any time if you have never taken the vaccine. Speak to our doctors today to find out more about the this prophylaxis.