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 Post subject: Hepatitis vaccines
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:14 pm 

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Are you supposed to get tested for hepatitis before receiving a vaccine?

I got the Hep A vaccine a few years ago w/o being tested for Hep A. And I just started the Hep B course, and it was only after the first shot that I started wondering if I should have been tested for Hep B beforehand.

Now I'll have antibodies for Hep A and B in my blood, right? So any antibody test (not sure if that's how they test for hepatitis?) I take will come back positive, right?

At least I got tested for Hep C, which came back negative.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 6:27 am 

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No, no reason to get tested for either before getting the vaccines.

When they suspect you have hepatitis, they do a different test that doesn't reflect prior antibodies from being vaccinated.

http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/B/bFAQ.htm#tests - this is just all on hepb testing but it does have a nice section that goes into the different tests for it and which ones reflect prior infection/immunization against it. Think it will help explain it to you a little better than I can fresh out of bed this morning :)

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 8:58 am 

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Thanks! Yes, looks like the virus is in the blood, so there are tests to detect the virus itself.


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 Post subject: Re: Hepatitis vaccines
PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:28 am 

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Well in my opinion it is not compulsory to get tested before being vaccinated..Those vaccines are helpful in protecting you from hepatitis diseases...I have been vaccinated all Hepatitis A,B,C courses and i think it is better to protect you from all the diseases..

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