I am a nursing student and I posted this in the student forum but thought I would post it here to see if others had some input on this as well
I am sure for the most of you have had your 3 step Hep. B vaccine and then after the third one about a month later you go and get your blood drawn and the see if your body as made the antibodies?!? Well, I got home from school today and I had a message on the machine from my doctor. She said that my test was negative which means that my body thinks I have never had Hep. B, so my body did not make the antibodies it was suppose to of made.
What do I do now? Anyone else have this problem or know what I should do? When then checked for Rubella my body had made the antibodies.
She said I should check with my school about what I should do, since they have requirements. I will but I really wanted this for my own protection from patients who have Hep. B.... I am sure you understand! You never know what your patients in clinicals might have sometimes.
If any of you can answer this I would greatly appreciate any light you could shine on this. I will call the Dr. back tomorrow but I am curious about things now.
Oct 5, '01
I like you am a non-responder to the vaccine. I have had two complete series of the vaccine and one booster. These were met with no response. So I am considered to be at risk for Hepatitis B infection, I take this in stride though, as I am also at risk for Hepatitis C, and AIDS, like everyone else. So you have to be extra careful in situations where you may get an exposure to a potentially infectious substance. I know this doesn't help much, but at least you know you are not alone.
See these links for a discription of the offical thought on non-responders.
BTW did you know that three days ago a report came out saying that Hep C is curable in the early part of the infection. Apparently using interferon A and an antiviral drug early will halt viral production and allow the body to clear itself of the virus.
Hepatitus FAQ from Dept of labor
Hepatitis and the Healthcare worker.
Last edit by nilepoc on Oct 5, '01