Hepatitis B Study
Do you want to protect yourself and others against Hepatitis B Virus ?
About Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) can cause inflammation of the liver and chronic liver disease known as “cirrhosis”. In Canada, vaccination against HBV has been recommended in children since the 1990s. Protection against HBV is thought to last for decades, and most new cases of HBV infection occur in adults who did not receive the vaccine. This study vaccine is thought to be more effective in older people, especially those with health problems such as diabetes and obesity.
Am I eligible to participate?
We are looking for males and females ages 18 years of age and older in general good health who have not previously received the Hepatitis B vaccine.
Participants in the study will complete 8 visits over 12 months, and will receive vaccines to protect against Hepatitis B infections. Visits will include blood tests, three vaccinations, and general questions about the participant’s health. Participants will be compensated for their time and for out-of-pocket expenses, such as parking at the IWK Health Centre.
This is a Canada-wide, Canadian Immunization Research Network study sponsored by VBI Vaccines Incorporated. Several sites are participating in the study, including research centres in Halifax, Montréal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Vancouver (among others). The Halifax study is being conducted at the IWK Health Centre, at the Canadian Center for Vaccinology. To visit the official CIRN national study page, please click here.
The Halifax site is being led by Dr. Joanne Langley, Network Lead for the CIRN Clinical Trials Network. Dr. Langley is a Professor of Pediatrics (Division of Infectious Diseases) and Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University, interested in epidemiology and the prevention of respiratory infections, particularly Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and influenza.
In Nova Scotia, routine school-based vaccines started in 1995 for children in grade 4. If you received the school based vaccines and were born in 1985 or after, you are not eligible to participate in this study. This vaccine is also recommended for travel to certain areas, so individuals born before 1985 may still have received a Hepatits B vaccine.
Hepatitis is a serious infection. If you are not eligible for this study, but would like to help, please share the study with friends or family who may be eligible. If you would like to share our study on your Facebook Page, please consider sharing this study page on social media.
We would like to thank you for your interest in this study. Without the support of the hundreds of volunteers who participate in health research, we would be unable to provide the evidence needed for safe and effective health products.
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