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FAQ - Disease and Disease Agents - 2014
 FAQ -  Disease & Disease Agents -  2014

 

 

I seem to remember reading somewhere that the CDC is recommending a booster of HCP who were vaccinated in the 1980's. Do you have any information about that? (I also contacted the CDC but since I usually hear about the newest updates from OSAP I thought I’d contact you as well.

It is possible that you may be referring to CDC Guidance for Evaluating Health-Care Personnel for Hepatitis B Virus Protection and for Administering Postexposure Management which was published on December 20, 2013 and can be accessed at:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr6210a1.htm?s_cid=rr6210a1_w  1

This report contains CDC guidance that augments the 2011 recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for evaluating hepatitis B protection among health-care personnel (HCP) and administering post-exposure prophylaxis. Explicit guidance is provided for persons working, training, or volunteering in health-care settings who have documented hepatitis B (HepB) vaccination years before hire or matriculation (e.g., when HepB vaccination was received as part of routine infant [recommended since 1991] or catch-up adolescent [recommended since 1995] vaccination). 1

It  should be noted, however, that Ask OSAP does not offer medical advice, and it is recommended that you consult with your physician on this matter.

Additionally, further general information about the hepatitis B vaccine can be found at this link:

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/hepb.html  2

Resources

1)          US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC Guidance for Evaluating Health-Care Personnel for Hepatitis B Virus Protection and for Administering Postexposure Management. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr6210a1.htm?s_cid=rr6210a1_w    Accessed on February 11, 2014.

2)          US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hepatitis B - Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/hepb.html    Accessed on February 11, 2014.

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