Hepatitis B in the 2005 outbreak, caused 51,000 people to be infected.
Approximately 1.25 million people in the United States have chronic HBV, and there are about 3000-5000 die from Liver Cancer or Cirrhosis caused by HBV each year in the United States.
Hepatitis B is a virus that is spread through contact with the blood or other body fluids of the infected person. A person can be infected by:
1. Contact with a mother’s blood or body fluids at the time of birth,
2. Contact with blood from breaks in the skin such as, cuts, bites, or sores,
3. Contact with objects that could have blood or body fluids such as, razors or tooth brushes,
4. Having unprotected sex with an infected person,
5. Sharing needles when injecting drugs,
6. BEING STUCK WITH A USED NEEDLE ON THE JOB
7. People who travel to countries where HBV is common,
8. People with HIV infection.
Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). This disease is very serious and effects the liver, caused by HBV. HBV can cause many things to happen to you, such as:
Acute (Short Term) Illness. This can lead to:
Loss of Appetite
Pain in muscles, joints, and stomach
Diarrhea and vomiting
Jaundice, (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
Chronic (Long Term) Illness. Some people go on to develop chronic HBV infection. This can be very serious, and often leads to:
Liver Damage (Cirrhosis)
General Knowledge: Chronic HBV is more prevalent in infants and small children than adults. Not know you have HBV, you can still pass it on to others. Make sure to thoroughly wash hands every chance you get.
Hepatitis B Vaccination Why and Who Should get Vaccinated?
The Hepatitis B Virus vaccine can prevent Hepatitis B, and the serious consequences of HBV infection.
Hepatitis B Vaccine is made from part of the Hepatitis B Virus. It cannot cause HBV infection.
The Hepatitis B shot or vaccination is given usually in a series of 3 or 4 shots. This series gives long term protection against HBV and may even cause life long protection.
Who Should Be Vaccinated? Everyone, but especially these people;
1. Sex partners of people who are infected with HBV,
2. Homosexual partners especially men who have sex with other men,
3. People with multiple partners,
4. People who inject street drugs,
5. People who have chronic liver or Kidney disease,
6. PEOPLE WHO WORK IN FIELDS WHO HAVE EXPOSURE TO HUMAN BLOOD!
7. Kidney Dialysis Patients.
Routine HBV vaccinations have been conducted sine 1991 for U.S. Children. Since the start of routine vaccinations the amount of HBV cases have dropped 95% in children and 75% in all other age groups.
Side Effects by Body System
Hepatitis B vaccine is generally well-tolerated. Most side effects were mild and primarily included injection site reactions and fatigue.
Respiratory side effects have included rhinitis, cough, pharyngitis, upper respiratory tract illness, influenza-like symptoms, and broncho-spasm including asthma-like symptoms.
Other side effects have included fatigue, fever, chills, flushing, lightheadedness, sweating, weakness, malaise, tinnitus, and earache.
However studies also show that not only this vaccine, but many others lead to other types of problems for children when they receive these vaccinations, they lead to such disorders as ADHD, ADD, BI POLAR and other mental disorders as well. Not only this, it also makes children sick(er) because their immune systems are not ready to handle this vaccines yet. Again the odds of having this issues are high, however not as high as getting mental disorders, or mental retardation, or other disorders.