Protects against hepatitis A and B
- A virus that affects the liver
- Causes fever, an upset stomach, tiredness, diarrhea, headache and yellowing of the skin and eyes (called jaundice)
- Although there are several viruses that cause hepatitis, the two most common are Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
- Is spread by not washing your hands properly after going to the bathroom or eating food contaminated with sewage. It can also be spread through sexual contact
- Risk areas for Hepatitis A include Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Middle East, Central America and South America
- Is spread from person to person by contact with blood, semen, vaginal secretions or possibly saliva of an infected person or items contaminated by these body fluids
- Hepatitis B is found throughout the world Twinrix ® (Combined Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B) Hepatitis A and B vaccine is a combined vaccine called Twinrix
- Twinrix is available in two strengths:
- Twinrix Junior – for people age 1 year to 18 years of age
- Twinrix – for people aged 19 years of age and older
- Three doses are required*
Who should get Twinrix?
- It is recommended for those who travel to areas where Hepatitis A and B infections are common
- People who want combined protection for Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
Who should not get Twinrix?
- Children under one year of age
- People who have had a bad reaction to a vaccine or an ingredient in the vaccine
- If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor or Public Health Nurse
- If you are taking medications or have any diseases that lower the immune system or increase bleeding, talk to your doctor or Public Health Nurse
- If you have had a bad reaction to an antibiotic called neomycin
Is Twinrix safe?
Yes. You may have redness, swelling and warmth where the needle went in.
- Serious reactions to the vaccine are rare (e.g. hives, swelling of the mouth or throat or trouble breathing)
- Call your doctor if you or your child have any of these problems within 3 days of getting the needle:
- Crying for more than 3 hours
- Swelling of your face or mouth
- Trouble breathing
- Very pale colour and tiredness
- High fever (over 39° C or 102.2° F)
- Convulsions (muscle spasms) or seizures
- Other serious problems