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Diseases and Disease Agents 2015
 FAQ - Diseases and Disease Agents - 2015

 

 


I have recently had my Hepatitis B antibody titer checked and it came back negative. I had the Hepatitis B series during my first year in dental school in 1988 and have never had a titer checked until now. Wondering what the recommendations would be for booster vs repeat series of immunizations. 

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

Additionally, you may find CDC Guidance for Evaluating Health-Care Personnel for Hepatitis B Virus Protection and for Administering Postexposure Management which was published on December 20, 2013 to be of interest, and it 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

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 September 4, 2015.

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 September 4, 2015.

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