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Who should not receive the hepatitis vaccine?

Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

Anyone who is allergic to any ingredient in hepatitis A or B vaccine or has had a reaction to previous hepatitis A or B vaccination, should not receive the hepatitis vaccine. People who are allergic to latex rubber or to albumin (bovine source) should not receive hepatitis A or B vaccine. Anyone with an allergy to the antibiotic neomycin or related drugs, like gentamicin or tobramycin, should not be vaccinated with the brand Havrix. Cancer chemotherapy or radiation therapy in the last three months, immunosuppressant medications to prevent organ transplant rejection and immune systen diseases, will decrease the ability of the immune system to respond sufficiently to the vaccine. People with a bleeding disorder, a current infection, a neurologic disorder, a brain disease or a history of seizures may not tolerate the vaccination very well. Because it is not known how this vaccine will affect a developing fetus or nursing baby, pregnant or breastfeeding women should discuss the risks and benefits with their doctor first.

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