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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

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Abstract

LOPES, Marta Heloisa et al. Hepatitis B revaccination for healthcare workers who are anti-HBs-negative after receiving a primary vaccination series. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2012, vol.45, n.5, pp.639-642. ISSN 0037-8682.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0037-86822012000500018.

INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to evaluate the response to hepatitis B (HB) revaccination of healthcare workers (HCW) who are negative for antibodies to HB surface antigen (anti-HBs) after a complete vaccination series. METHODS: HCW whose anti-HBs test was performed > 90 days after a HB vaccination course were given a 4th dose. A post-vaccination test was done within 30 to 90 days. RESULTS: One hundred and seventy HCW were enrolled: 126 (74.1%) were anti-HBs-positive after the 4th dose. CONCLUSIONS: Rechecking anti-HBs after the 4th HB vaccine dose is a practical approach in case of post-vaccination tests performed >90 days after the full vaccination course.

Keywords : Hepatitis B vaccination; Healthcare workers.

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