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Foundation calls for universal hepatitis B vaccination in UK infants

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 21 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:940
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    The UK government should meet demands from the World Health Organization and introduce universal vaccination against hepatitis B for infants, says the Foundation for Liver Research.

    At the moment, the United Kingdom only targets high risk groups for vaccination, such as healthcare workers, men who have sex with men, sex workers, and injecting drug users. Babies of infected mothers are also vaccinated.

    The foundation's latest report also calls for better diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Hepatitis B: Out of the Shadows cites Department of Health figures, which estimate that there are currently 180 000 people with chronic hepatitis B in the United Kingdom. Every year a further 7700 people become …

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