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How should I take the hepatitis vaccine?

Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

Hepatitis A
You will not need to be concerned about how to take the hepatitis A vaccine because it will be administered to you at the doctor's office, hospital or clinic. The hepatitis A vaccine is administered in two injections separated by six to 12 months. Each shot is administered intramuscularly (IM) in the upper arm muscle. After the first vaccination, you must remember to return for the booster shot six to 12 months later to make sure you are completely protected.

Hepatitis B
You will not need to be concerned about how to take the hepatitis B vaccine, because it will be administered to you at the doctors office, hospital or clinic. The hepatitis B vaccine is administered in a series of injections separated by months. Each shot is administered intramuscularly (IM) in the upper arm muscle. After the first vaccination, you must remember to return for the booster shots at the scheduled times to ensure you are completely protected.

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