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How long do the hepatitis a and b vaccines protect you?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Likely a lifetime: This question has many variables, but our clinical and scientific/experimental experience with these vaccines suggests that life-long immunity is likely. This is demonstrated by current recommendations of not needing booster doses, even when titers are zero in a person who has been fully vaccinated. These vaccines produce strong anamnestic responses in our bodies to confer longterm protection.

Answered 7/16/2019

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Dr. Craig MacArthur answered

Specializes in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

Not known for sure: Antibody to the vaccines can be detected for up to 15 years for both. The actual immunity to infection may be longer than that as cellular immunity may last longer.

Answered 4/13/2019

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Varies: Immunization should normally protect you for life, but in some individuals, the immunity fades away, in this case a booster shot may be needed, others may never be protected even after multiple series of shots, specially for hepatitis b.

Answered 4/13/2019

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