To assess the clinical safety, reactogenicity and immunogenicity of an indigenously developed recombinant hepatitis B vaccine (Shanvac-B; Shantha Biotechnics) and to compare it with another commercially available vaccine (Engerix-B, SmithKline Beecham) in healthy adults.
120 healthy adults randomLy received 20 micrograms of either Engerix-B (Group A; n = 61) or Shanvac-B (Group B; n = 59) in 0, 1, 2 months schedule. Anti HBs was assessed using commercially available AUSAB kits (Abbott Laboratories) one month after each dose.
Protective seroconversion rates after first, second and third dose were 10%, 62.7% and 91.4%, respectively in Group A and 22.4%, 68.9% and 96.4% in Group B, respectively. The geometric mean titer (GMT) after the third dose was significantly high in Group B (419 mIU/mL) than in Group A (140 mIU/mL; p