Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Does The Hepatitis B Shot Raise My Risk For Muscular Dystrophy?

Friday, 16 Jul 2010 10:33 AM

Question: Does having a hepatitis B vaccine result in a higher risk of developing muscular dystrophy?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

No risk of developing muscular dystrophy is associated with the hepatitis B vaccine. All adults and children should be vaccinated against hepatitis B with very few exceptions. This vaccine appears to be very effective with little downside risk. In addition to protection from hepatitis B illness, the vaccine appears to protect against the development of hepatoma, a tumor of the liver that occurs in some victims of hepatitis B-related chronic hepatitis.

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