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US tries to increase routine hepatitis B vaccination

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 12 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:70
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

    The US government is increasing its efforts to eradicate hepatitis B, by calling for all newborn babies to be vaccinated before they leave hospital.

    The plan, published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (23 December, 2005), also says that vaccination should be a requirement for entry to school, and it sets out how hospitals should improve the monitoring of pregnant women.

    Also, efforts are under way to “increase vaccine coverage among previously unvaccinated children and adolescents,” says the report's lead author, Dr Eric Mast from the National Center for Infectious Diseases, a division of the Department of …

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