Do I need to look into a Hep B vaccination? I read an article in the Living With Diabetes section on Diabetic Connect titled "Hepatitis B Vaccine Recommended for Adults With Diabetes." I was exposed to Hep B as a child and I was turned away by the Red Cross for blood donation because my blood carries the Hep B antibodies.

Dr. William Sullivan


As you mention, Hepatitis B vaccine is now recommended for adults with diabetes younger than 60 years old, and to be considered in persons over 60 years old with diabetes. This recommendation is based on the fact that there is an increased risk of hepatitis B in people with diabetes. In individuals who have positive antibodies indicating prior infection with hepatitis B, often vaccination is not needed, depending upon which antibody is positive. Ask your healthcare provider which hepatitis B antibody is elevated and whether hepatitis B vaccine is needed.