Time to re-evaluate the effect of the adolescent booster of hepatitis B vaccine

July 30, 2017 at 12:41 pm

International Journal of Infectious Diseases July 2017 V.60 N.7 P.88-90

Editorial –

Ellie Carmody

Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York, USA

Neutralizing antibodies (anti-HBs) conferred by immunization with hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccine against HBV surface antigen (HBsAg) have been found to wane or reach undetectable levels in many individuals after 10–15 years of the vaccination (Wainwright et al., 1997, Dentinger et al., 2005).

It is uncertain whether individuals with low or absent levels of anti-HBs remain protected against HBV infection.

HBV vaccine does elicit immunologic memory, in which memory B cells can appropriately generate a robust anamnestic response to HBsAg even if the anti-HBs titer falls below 10 mIU/mL (West and Calandra, 1996, Watson et al., 2001, van der Sande et al., 2007).

However, the duration and uniformity of this immunologic memory after primary vaccination at infancy is unclear. HBV breakthrough infection in young adults may occur if the immunologic memory to HBsAg is absent upon sexual, parenteral, or horizontal (household) HBV exposure….

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Entry filed under: Epidemiología, Hepatitis B, Infecciones virales, Inmunizaciones, REPORTS, Update.

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