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Took Hep-B vaccine long back. Do I need to retake it?

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I had taken Hep-B vaccine back in 2004 and completed the 3 courses. Do I need to retake now that 9 years have gone by?

I don't drink, smoke or indulge in any other activities that Would cause Hep-B

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Posted Wed, 13 Nov 2013 in Medicines and Side Effects
 
 
Answered by Dr. Prasad 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Not needed...

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

As far as the latest guidelines, a booster dose is not recommended if you have taken the initial set of 3 doses as per schedule. However if you have any medical condition which compromises your immune competence, we might consider measuring your antibody levels (anti HBs antibody) and accordingly decide the need to revaccinate.

In all healthy individuals there is no real need to revaccinate.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you need clarifications.

Regards
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Follow-up: Took Hep-B vaccine long back. Do I need to retake it? 1 hour later
Thank you Doctor for your prompt response. What test do I need to measure my antibody levels.
 
 
Answered by Dr. Prasad 16 hours later
Brief Answer:
Anti HBs antibody titre...

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Anti HBs antibody titre (quantitative test) can be performed to the amount of protection your last vaccination has.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you need clarifications.

Regards
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