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Understanding Vaccination Result
Jun 28, 2005

Dear Doctor,

My wife did Hepa B vaccination in 2000 and last year she tested her HbsAB.Result shows value 38 and her doctor suggest to get boosting does after 5 year from first vaccination.Please help me about this vaccination value.I am Hepa B carrier and wory if she get infected.Please make clear for me what should be the minimum HBsAB Value for Protection.If any other opinion about vaccination.

Thanking you with regards, Ravi

Response from Dr. McGovern

Each laboratory detemines a level that gives protection against hepatitis B. In our laboratory, it is a level of 10. It sounds like your wife got a very good response.

If you are uncomfortable with waiting five years for another booster, you could have your wife simply check her antibody levels in a few years to be sure that her levels are staying high.

Also do not share toothbrushes, drinking cups or utensils or razors. Also have safe sex with condoms.

Your wife should do well with occasional monitoring. Don't worry. Dr. McGovern



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