Gamma globulin

Globulin is found in the blood and plays a critical role in helping the immune system. In everyday language, these are called antibodies, which have many different uses.

What is gamma globulin used for?

Gamma globulin is not a vaccin. Instead, it is a method to contribute to finished antibodies against hepatitis A. Gamma globulin provides thorough protection against hepatitis A but lasts only 6-8 weeks. Vaccination provides longer-lasting protection because the immune system then produces its antibodies, leading to safer protection.

Does gamma globulin have any side effects?

Compared to vaccines injected on the upper arm, gamma globulin is injected higher up on the buttocks instead. The side effects are similar to other vaccines, i.e. soreness and pain around the injection site. Other common side effects are fever and headache.

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