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What side effects are common with the hepatitis vaccine?

The most common side effect of vaccination is soreness and swelling in the area that the shot was injected. Discuss any side effects with your doctor, regardless if they have subsided. Side effects can be a signal to doctor that your body may not tolerate additional doses of the vaccine. If you have difficulty breathing, feel itchy or have swelling of the eyes, nose or face, you may be allergic to the vaccines and should talk to your doctor immediately.

Antiviral medications used to treat hepatitis C can have side effects. Common side-effects of older treatments include flu-like symptoms, fatigue, headache, fever and depression. Other symptoms include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Thinning of hair
  • Irritability
  • Decreased levels of white blood cell counts and platelets

Newer, oral antiviral medications have much fewer side effects, and any that do occur tend to be mild; fatigue and headache are most commonly reported. Some drugs have been linked in a few cases to heart failure when the drug is taken with a certain heart medication.

Discuss any side effects with your doctor, regardless if they have subsided.

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