What side effects are common with hepatitis A and B vaccines?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The most common side effect of vaccination is soreness in the area that the shot was injected. Other side-effects from the hepatitis A and B vaccines include but are not limited to the following:

  • body aches
  • cough, congestion
  • fever
  • headache
  • hoarseness, dryness of the throat
  • lack of appetite
  • runny nose, sneezing
  • swollen glands

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. Less common but severe side effects include:

  • blood in the urine
  • paralysis, numbness, or weakness in the arms or legs
  • irritability
  • seizures
  • stiffness in the neck
  • unusual bruising, bleeding, or tarry stools
  • trembling or numbness in the muscles

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