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Indian association questions plan for hepatitis B immunisation

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7569.621-c (Published 21 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:621
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    The Indian Medical Association has criticised a government proposal to expand universal immunisation against the hepatitis B virus throughout India, saying that it would be “wasteful spending” on a low priority health problem.


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    The Indian Medical Association says vaccinating babies against hepatitis B is wasteful as carrier status is often transmitted vertically

    Credit: P VIROT/WHO

    In a report sent to the health ministry, the association said that a systematic review of studies indicates that the rate of chronic carriage of hepatitis B in India is 1.6% and not 4% as projected. …

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