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ENGERIX®-B Consumer Medicine

should not be a problem, but talk to your doctor about this before being vaccinated.

  • the expiry date printed on the pack has passed.

  • the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.

If you are not sure whether you should have ENGERIX- B, talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. Do not give this vaccine to anyone else; your doctor has prescribed it specifically for you.


  • you have an allergy to yeast

  • you are or think you may be pregnant, or if you intend to become pregnant. Your doctor will discuss with you the possible risks and benefits of receiving ENGERIX-B during pregnancy.

  • you are breastfeeding. It is not known if ENGERIX- B passes into breast milk, but as it can safely be given to infants, it is not expected to cause problems in nursing babies. However, the infant should be checked for any reactions.

  • you have any medical conditions, such as

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    severe heart or lung


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    a bleeding disorder

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    a liver or kidney problem

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    an immune deficiency

condition (e.g. are HIV positive)

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    or a nervous system illness.

Sometimes ENGERIX-B may need to be given differently (e.g. people with bleeding problems) or a higher dose used (e.g. dialysis patients, or HIV positive people).

  • you have allergies to any other medicines or substances, such as dyes, foods or preservatives.

  • you have received another vaccine, or are taking any prescription or OTC (over-the- counter) medicines. In particular mention if you are taking medicines which suppress the immune system, such as steroids or cyclosporin. You may need a higher dose of ENGERIX-B than normal.

Some vaccines may be affected by other vaccines or medicines. Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist will be able to tell you what to do if ENGERIX-B is to be given with another vaccine or medicine.

USE IN CHILDREN ENGERIX-B can be given to newborns, infants and children of all ages.


The doctor or nurse will give ENGERIX-B as an injection. If you have any concerns about this, talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

HOW MUCH IS GIVEN Usually, for adults and adolescents over 19 years of age: 1mL (20 microgram) is given. For adolescents aged 10 up to and including 19 years of age,: 0.5mL (10 microgram) is given. Where compliance cannot be assured a 1mL dose (20 microgram) should be given. For babies and children under 10


years of age: 0.5mL (10 microgram) is given.

People with some conditions may need to have higher dosages.

HOW IS IT GIVEN ENGERIX-B will be injected into your upper arm muscle. For babies, the vaccine may be given in the upper thigh muscle. For some people with bleeding problems, the dose may need to be given under the skin (subcutaneously).

The vaccine should not be given directly into the veins (intravenously).

WHEN IS IT GIVEN ENGERIX-B is generally given as a total of three doses over 6 months. Each dose is given at a separate visit. The first dose will be given on an elected date. The remaining two doses will be given one month, and six months after the first dose.

  • First dose: at an elected date

  • Second dose:1 month later

  • Third dose: 6 months after the

first dose

It is important to return at the recommended times for follow up doses.

For babies born to mothers infected with hepatitis B, the first dose of ENGERIX-B should be given at birth or shortly afterwards. Hepatitis B immunoglobulin can also be given at this time.

ENGERIX-B can also be given as a total of three doses over 3 months. This schedule may be given to people needing rapid protection (e.g. overseas travellers). The first dose will be given on an elected date. The remaining two doses will be given one month and two months after the first dose. A booster dose is recommended at 12 months.

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