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What are the side effects of the hepatitis B vaccine?

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Side effects related to the hepatitis B vaccination are mild, including slight soreness where the shot is given or mild fever, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As with any vaccination, there is a possibility of an allergic reaction, but the risk is very small.

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What are the side effects of the hepatitis B vaccine?
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An allergic reaction that may cause serious medical issues or death is estimated to occur once in every 1.1 million people, notes the CDC. The hepatitis B vaccination is not an infectious agent, meaning recipients cannot contract hepatitis from the vaccination. The risks for a person who does not get the hepatitis B vaccination are much more serious in nature, as people who contract hepatitis often develop liver cancer or cirrhosis of the liver.

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