Yeast-derived hepatitis B vaccines (partially purified or highly purified) at different dosages and a plasma-derived hepatitis B vaccine (control) were injected into 50 young volunteers 3 times at monthly intervals. Before and 4 weeks after this series of immunizations, blood samples were drawn and tested for presence of IgE and IgG antibodies against yeast antigens. No rise in IgE antibodies against Saccharomyces cerevisiae antigens nor in IgG antibodies against Candida albicans antigens was found. Together with former clinical results this underlines the experience that type I and type III reactions against putative yeast contaminants apparently play no major role after immunization with recombinant hepatitis B vaccines.

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