Q&A: Hepatitis B vaccination and non-responders

OSHA Healthcare Connection, October 6, 2009

Q: What does OSHA require from an employer when a new employee fails to respond to the hepatitis B vaccination?

A: Employees who don’t respond to the primary vaccine series should receive a second three-dose vaccine series. First-series nonresponders have a 30%–50% chance of responding to a second three-dose series.

For more information on this question read “Ask the expert: Workers who don’t respond to the hepatitis B vaccination” on the OSHA Healthcare Advisor.

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