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Hep B Vacinations
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Do you need boosters for these as the years go on? I had my course in 2008 and go a result of 1000+.
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#2
Some say you have lifetime cover if your levels are over 1,000
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#3
We get ours checked every 3 years or so and depending on that we get boosters if necessary.
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#4
Supposed to last 10 years is it not?
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#5
Should we be looking for checks every few years?
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#6
Just initial check 1 year after course. If > 1000 covered for life and no booster. Some people don't respond to vaccine though.
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I got mine as a student 08/09 and again in 2010 because first lot didnt work. Wasnt told about any follow up after a year.

Then when I presented my vaccination records for current job they seemed happy enough. Got hep a vaccine during medical and need second one in Jan
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#8
i got mine with omac and follow up test 1 month after the 3rd Jab :P
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#9
(15-10-2014, 01:37 PM)Command Support Wrote: Supposed to last 10 years is it not?

That's the proper version, remember the version we got was lowest tender.

There has been a shit load of the lads that have had to get boosters in the last two years , either the Doc is making a balls of it or he's making money out of it or probably both.
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(15-10-2014, 07:53 PM)Brigade Wrote:
(15-10-2014, 01:37 PM)Command Support Wrote: Supposed to last 10 years is it not?

That's the proper version, remember the version we got was lowest tender.

There has been a shit load of the lads that have had to get boosters in the last two years , either the Doc is making a balls of it or he's making money out of it or probably both.

Well knowing that doc it's no great surprise....I can just imagine the conversation.

"It's banned in 9 EU states so it must be good stuff"
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#11
(15-10-2014, 02:05 PM)echo59 Wrote: Just initial check 1 year after course. If > 1000 covered for life and no booster. Some people don't respond to vaccine though.

There you are from an authority.
As for a doc continually administering and checking, may be using old guidelines and/or is making money
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#12
I made a phone call today to said doctors office just coz I was bored and Doctor Death says there is no scientific data to indicate how long the vaccine lasts.
Consequently he will continue to check levels at intervals.

And continue to send bills for this too I've no doubt.
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(16-10-2014, 09:49 PM)Brigade Wrote: I made a phone call today to said doctors office just coz I was bored and Doctor Death says there is no scientific data to indicate how long the vaccine lasts.
Consequently he will continue to check levels at intervals.

And continue to send bills for this too I've no doubt.
The National Immunisation Guidelines specifically state that a 'responder' does not require further boosters.
http://www.immunisation.ie/en/AdultImmun...ion_course

http://www.immunisation.ie/en/Downloads/...408_en.pdf

If evidence is required, I've attached a consensus document from 2000, with a list of references.

Basically, if someone doesn't respond you should repeat the course of 3 vaccines, you get another course of 3 preferably with a different brand. Interestingly, using the combined Hep A / Hep B vaccine seems to be good the second time around. Also, if you're a non-responder you probably should be tested for Hep B to see if you have it already, coz it's a reason to be a non-responder....
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I did a bit of googling myself and found that. I also found : US dept if health says there is no evidence to indicate one way or the other but for at risk workers it recommend tests every give years, in the UK I the NHS say possibly every 15 years, I found 4 academic research papers all giving from five to indefinite periods that the vaccine remains effective.

I think the advice giving on Civdefs link is probably as best you could find but it is amazing how advice differs from country to country.
Either way out Doc will draw blood one way or the other..,.
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