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Infectious Diseases

Hepatitis B vaccine duration

11/26/2001

Question:

How long does the hepatitis B vaccine last? I had all three shots 11 years ago.

Answer:

It usually lasts at least 10 years. After then, if you are at risk for hepatitis B, you can get a blood test to check the level of antibody. If this level is low you can get a booster dose of the vaccine.

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Response by:

Amy Beth Kressel, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati