This could quite conceivably be referred to as the first ever cancer vaccination due to its ability to prevent the liver cancer that results from a hepatitis B infection, which accounts for up to 80% of all liver cancer cases. Moreover, liver cancer is the second largest cause of death from all forms of cancer worldwide.
The hepatitis B vaccination is made up of proteins from the surface of the HBsAg virus cells which cause a hepatitis B infection. However, the amount administered in the vaccination stimulates the body into producing effective antibodies against the disease. The vaccination can be administered at birth, with the 3-time injection course being the same as the one given to adults. The second injection should be given a month after the first, while the third injection should be administered five months after the second.
Once a person has received all three hepatitis B vaccination injections, it has generally been found that the body builds up to a 97% immunity against the disease which then lasts for the duration of that person’s life. However, 1-2 months after the final of the 3-time course of injections has been completed, the patient should undertake a blood test to analyze the presence of hepatitis B immunity and, where no such immunity is identified, medical staff may consider additional vaccinations.