Hepatitis B Titer

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    Last edit by nicuRN2007 on Feb 15, '06
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    I want to say that I waited 6 weeks for my titer. My results were negative which means that I did not develop the antibodies for hepatitis B. So I have have to get all the shots again.
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    Quote from johnjrb
    I want to say that I waited 6 weeks for my titer. My results were negative which means that I did not develop the antibodies for hepatitis B. So I have have to get all the shots again.
    Sometimes you don't have to get the full series - my dad just had to get one extra and the next titer came back ok
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    :uhoh21: I have taken three--count em---three series of Hep B vaccine. Never have converted. I've given up. I figure that, after working in L&D for 35 years, and before universal precautions, I probably don't need to worry. (I do use very careful precautions!)
    Funny thing, My PCP has had the same experience. No, we didn't receive the vaccine from the same source.
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    Quote from judy ann
    :uhoh21: I have taken three--count em---three series of Hep B vaccine. Never have converted. I've given up. I figure that, after working in L&D for 35 years, and before universal precautions, I probably don't need to worry. (I do use very careful precautions!)
    Funny thing, My PCP has had the same experience. No, we didn't receive the vaccine from the same source.
    I, too, have had the Hep B series twice while working in dialysis. I converted for the first blood test after each series, but then a year later was negative for the antibody. The series were several years apart. I am concerned about the mandates for school age children with no follow-up or boosters. How many people will be walking around thinking they are vaccinated against Hep B when they really never converted at all?
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    I had the hep b series years ago and decided to get the titer for the paperwork for nursing school. The levels showed I had to get an additional shot along with the mmr for the third time. I didn't realize that so many people have had the same experience. I'll get the titer again soon. Why do we have to wait 6 weeks?
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    I had to wait almost 5 weeks after my left HepB shot to get the bloodwork for the titer done.
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    Last edit by nicuRN2007 on Feb 15, '06
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    Quote from ILoveScrubs
    So 5 or 6 weeks it is. Thanks guys!

    Sorry to all of you who aren't developing the antibodies after getting vaccinated! Now I know why my school is insisting on the titer after the series. I hope that doesn't happen to me!
    Here's a question: what if you DON'T develop antibodies? Ever?
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    My school doesn't require the titer, just documentation of the vaccine. Hmmmm...Should I have the titer done anyway? I never knew there was such a problem with not developing antibodies. In my case, I have to have periodic rubella boosters because my immunity has a tendency to "go away" after a while, but I'd be much more worried about Hep B!

    Richele


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