People who are about to receive a solid organ transplant are recommended to receive hepatitis B vaccine if they are not immune
If a person receiving a solid organ transplant is seronegative for hepatitis B, they are recommended to receive hepatitis B vaccine before transplantation. This is because they may be at increased risk of infection from the transplanted organ.9
An accelerated vaccination schedule can be used. See Table. Accelerated hepatitis B vaccination schedules for people with imminent risk of exposure in Vaccines, dosage and administration.
The combination hepatitis A-hepatitis B vaccine may be appropriate for people who are about to receive a liver transplant if they are not immune to either disease. This is because they have an increased risk of hepatitis B and/or severe liver disease after hepatitis A and B. The combination hepatitis A-hepatitis B vaccine is usually given in 3 doses using Twinrix (720/20). See Table. Combination hepatitis A-hepatitis B vaccines.
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