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hep b help
May 28, 2005

hi, will a person immunised against hep b, have the same test result as a person who has overcome the infection. i was immunised 9 months ago after exposure, but my doctor told me recently when i had a test, that it was negative. i thought from immunisation you show signs of infection in the blood test. advise please. i have also swollen glands on the neck. could this be from hepatitis or some autoimmune disorder.

Response from Dr. McGovern

Sometimes patients are immunized against hepatitis B but don't seroconvert. If the vaccine worked, your blood should show a postive hepatitis B surface antibody.

If it didn't work, boosting with more vaccine can often help to lead to seroconversion.

I would talk with your provider about boosting and about the glands in your neck. Dr. McGovern

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