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Vaccine. 2003 Jun 20;21(21-22):2747-50.

Intramuscular versus intradermal administration of anti-hepatitis B vaccine in non-cirrhotic hepatitis C patients.

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Department of Gastroenterology, Hospital Ramón y Cajal, Ctra de Colmenar km 9.1, 28034 Madrid, Spain.


Intradermal vaccination has been proposed as an alternative for the administration of anti-hepatitis B vaccine. Patients (n=66) with chronic viral hepatitis C without cirrhosis were randomised into two groups (intramuscular, n=38; and intradermal, n=28) for prospective immunisation with 20 microg recombinant vaccine, using an ultra-rapid schedule (doses at 0, 15 and 30 days). Sero-conversion (antibody level >/=10 mU/ml) in the intramuscular group was reached by 20, 40 and 72% of patients at days 15, 30 and 60 compared to 4, 8 and 36% for the intradermal group (P=0.010 at day 60). Additionally, levels rose more rapidly in the intramuscular group (P=0.004). Our results do not support the use of intradermal route of immunisation against HBV in HCV patients.

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