Living With Hemophilia

Ongoing Medical Care Needs

To avoid complications, it is important that those living with hemophilia:
  • Continue any hemophilia treatment prescribed.
  • Get regular checkups and immunizations as recommended. Children with hemophilia normally get the same immunizations as other children but not as an intramuscular injection. Doctors typically recommend that people treated with blood transfusions receive vaccines for hepatitis A and B. There is currently no vaccine for hepatitis C.
  • Get regular dental care. Dentists at the HTCs are experts in providing oral care for those with hemophilia. If you see another dentist, tell him or her if you or your child has hemophilia. You or your child can receive medication that reduces bleeding before having dental work.
  • Know the signs of bleeding in joints and other parts of the body, and know when to call the doctor or go to the emergency room.
(Click Hemophilia Symptoms to learn more about recognizing early signs of internal bleeding.)
Contact your doctor or go to the emergency room for:
  • Heavy bleeding that cannot be stopped or a wound that continues to bleed.
  • Any hemophilia symptoms of bleeding in the brain. Bleeding in the brain is life-threatening and requires immediate emergency care.
  • Limited motion, pain, or swelling of any joint.
It is a good idea to keep a record of all previous treatments. Be sure to take this information with you to medical appointments and to the hospital or emergency room.

(Click Hemophilia Treatment to learn more about the different treatment options.)

Hemophilia Disease

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