Postexposure Prophylaxis following Occupational Exposure to Hepatitis B Virus

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D Her HBV exposure is too remote (24 hours ago) to recommend postexposure prophylaxis for hepatitis B.

This answer is incorrect. Although postexposure prophylaxis for hepatitis B should ideally be given within 24 hours, most experts believe it provides some benefit if administered within 7 days after the exposure. The utility of postexposure prophylaxis beyond 7 days is unclear.

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A The fact that she was not vaccinated for hepatitis B is unusual, because greater than 90% of healthcare workers complete the hepatitis B immunization series.
B Without receipt of postexposure prophylaxis for HBV infection, her risk of becoming infected with HBV is greater than 5%.
C She should receive the first dose of the hepatitis B vaccine series now, but should not receive hepatitis B immune globulin (HBIG).

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