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19. Do API need testing before vaccination?

Many doctors don’t know that API, foreign born Asian Americans should be tested for hepatitis B surface antigen before hep B vaccinations. This is a study of Adrian Elkins who was adopted as an infant from India. When he came to this country they just gave him the vaccine and didn’t test him. He died of liver cancer caused by chronic hepatitis B at the age of 20 because they didn’t test him. A lot of you know any child adopted overseas when they come to this country even though they said from the country of origin they were negative, you need to retest them.