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Why is there a difference in the vaccine schedules given by my GP and at work?


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Dr. Shobhit Shah

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Published At November 24, 2017
Reviewed AtFebruary 12, 2024

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am a nursing student studying outside. I have just moved over from my hometown. Because I am doing nursing, the hepatitis B vaccine is required for occupational health. I received my first vaccine in January, followed by my second in February, from my own GP back home. He told me the next (third) vaccine would be due in August. However, when I started my nursing course (in February), we all had to meet with the occupational health team. I showed her my records for hepatitis B, and she told me that the third vaccine was due in March, just a month after my second one. I was just wondering why is there such a difference in the times given between my own GP and the occupational nurse. I looked it up online, and going by that, my GP's time allocations for the vaccine seem right, but is the occupational health one correct as well? Thanks for the help.

Answered by Dr. Shobhit Shah


Welcome to icliniq.com.

The schedule for the Hepatitis B vaccine is 0, 1, 6. For people at high risk, it is 0, 1, 2, and 6.

It is usually three doses, including one booster dose, but for individuals at high risk of getting an infection, it is four doses, including the booster dose. Generally, a four-dose regimen is recommended for CKD (chronic kidney disease), hemodialysis patients, and immunocompromised patients. For health professionals, a three-dose regimen is enough.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Shobhit Shah
Dr. Shobhit Shah

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