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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 55-60

Hepatitis B vaccine induced HBsAg positivity

Department of Gastroenterology, SCB Medical College, Cuttack-753 007, India

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Shivaram Prasad Singh
Department of Gastroenterology, SCB Medical College, Cuttack-753 007
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-9747.45089

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Hepatitis B vaccine can induce transient hepatitis B surface antigen positivity not only in adult hemodialysis patients but also in normal adults and children. Hence hepatitis B vaccinees may be mistaken for confirmed hepatitis B surface antigen-positive carrier. Hence blood donors should not donate blood in this early post-vaccination period and renal dialysis patients should not be screened for hepatitis B surface antigen for at least 21 to 28 days after hepatitis B vaccination. These guidelines could prevent individuals in the early post-inoculation period from being erroneously labeled as having hepatitis B viral infection.

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