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afraid of getting HepaB
May 25, 2007

My brother is a student nurse and in one of his duties in a hospital,his fingers got pricked by a needle from a HEpa B infected patient.Now we're scared he might get infected too.Is this possible?Is there any medicines he can take to stop the transmission of the virus in his system?tnx.

Response from Dr. McGovern

First of all, whenever there is a work-related event, employees need to let their employee health service know about the exposure. I think your brother should still do this although some time has lapsed. This is for the protection of the health care worker.

Also, all healthcare workers are supposed to have Hepatitis B vaccination with documentation that the vaccine worked before working with patients. He should check his Hepatitis B surface antibody levels.



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