|Hep vaccination and transmission
Oct 28, 2009
Hi Dr. McGovern,
I am 25 years old and I remember getting vaccinated for Hep B at age 13. What I don't remember is if I got all 3 shots or not. I got a Hep B antibody titer(not sure which exact one) in July 2008 and it said I am vaccinated for Hep B. However, I got another titer at a different lab in April 2009 and it said I'm not vaccinated for Hep B or A. I definitely remember getting vaccinated for Hep A at 13 years old. Could the lab's reference ranges be higher at the more recent lab, and that's why it says I'm not vaccinated for Hep A and B? Do you think it's worth to just go ahead and get vaccinated for Hep A and B again, just in case?
Also, is it likely to get Hepatidities from deep French kissing?
| Response from Dr. McGovern
No you would not acquire hepatitis viruses from kissing.
As for your immunization...it is possible that your protective antibodies have declined over time. I would simply get one booster shot and check your antibodies again. They will probably nicely boost up.
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