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Old 01-20-2007, 06:51 PM   #1
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hepatitis b vaccine

I am wondering about how effective the hepatitis b vaccine is? My doctor said I might have hep b, but i was vaccinated 8 years ago! How could this be possible?

 
Old 01-21-2007, 07:53 PM   #2
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Re: hepatitis b vaccine

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I am wondering about how effective the hepatitis b vaccine is? My doctor said I might have hep b, but i was vaccinated 8 years ago! How could this be possible?
Hi, the vaccination doesn't last forever. Boosters are required every now and then. Did you get the titre (level) checked at all?

 
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Old 01-21-2007, 10:03 PM   #3
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Re: hepatitis b vaccine

No I'm didn't get anything checked. But my doctor never mentioned it to me as a possibility. It's required to go to high school where I live. My boyfriend also got the vaccine a few years ago for college and we always have protected sex, so something does not seem right here!

 
Old 01-22-2007, 10:21 AM   #4
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Re: hepatitis b vaccine

I would ask him to clarify what "might have hep B" means. He should be able to take a blood test to find out if you do or not.

 
Old 01-22-2007, 02:46 PM   #5
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Re: hepatitis b vaccine

thanks for your response!
i'm finding out for sure tomorrow, but she just said i tested positive for hepatitis (not sure which test cause there are so many). But, she said it didn't seem right bc i was vaccinated so she wants to take another test to make sure it wasn't wrong or to further look into it.

 
Old 01-23-2007, 01:22 PM   #6
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Re: hepatitis b vaccine

I just visited my doctor. Apparantly my hepatitis test showed positive antibodies AND antigens. THis means that I am immune to the disease and that the vaccination "took." But it also means I have the virus. She said it was most likely a false positive unless I contracted it before I was vaccinated which is unlikely becaus I was like 12 or 13 at the time.

 
Old 02-04-2007, 10:44 AM   #7
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Re: hepatitis b vaccine

It's most likely a false positive. If you received all three doses of the vaccine, you should be protected. I remember when i got mine, they did a titer three months after my last vaccination to make sure it took. I got the Hepatitis A & B vaccine together in the same shot, a vaccine called Twinrix. Hepatitis B is caused by being exposed to someones bodily fluids, usually during sex, but also like sharing a toothbrush with someone that was infected. Once you get the series of three vaccinations, there are no boosters currently reccomended.

 
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