ALBERT C. STRICKLER, M.D.; PAMELA C. KIBSEY, M.D.; HILLAR VELLEND, M.D.
To the editor: We compliment Dienstag and colleagues (1) on their timely study of the use of hepatitis B vaccine in hospital personnel. With a 97% seroconversion rate, one could reasonably omit postimmunization testing for surface antibody (anti-HBs) and be confident that most recipients have been protected.
The hepatitis B vaccine program at Toronto General Hospital (2) began in January 1983. To date we have completed the series of three injections of Heptavax-B (Merck Sharp & Dohme, West Point, Pennsylvania), 1.0 mL (20 µg) intramuscularly, according to the manufacturer's directions (November 1983), in more than 250 persons. They include employees
STRICKLER AC, KIBSEY PC, VELLEND H. Seroconversion Rates with Hepatitis B Vaccine. Ann Intern Med. ;101:564. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-101-4-564_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;101(4):564.
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