• Pink Eye and Hepatitis Vaccinations


    Question:

    Is it safe to get hepatitis A and B vaccination when you have viral pink eye? Isn't that a sign of a compromised immune system? If viral pink eye has lasted almost twenty days, but is getting a bit better, should I return to the eye doctor?


    Answer:

    It seems that you have gone to an eye doctor for the initial diagnosis of viral pink eye (which we call conjunctivitis). Yours seems to be a rather lengthy case lasting 20 days or so. While the virus did invade your eye which indicates a locally compromised immune system, this is in the eye only. There is no interaction with this and your general immune system, so taking hep A and B immunization should not be a problem and your immunity levels for the hepatitis virus should develop in the normal way. If the symptoms you are experiencing in your eye are lasting longer than twenty days, a revisit with your ophthalmologist would be recommended as this is in excess of the usual length of time for this condition.


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