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Window Preiod of Hep B
May 9, 2008

I wonder if there is any window period of Hepatitis B? Moreover, is it ok to get vaccine for Hepatitis B before any checking? Thanks in advance!

Response from Dr. McGovern

The "window period" in HBV infection refers to a time when the only marker of infection is Hepatitis B core antibody (IgM fraction).

Most patients do get testing prior to vaccine since there is a cost to immunization and it requires three shots.



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