Letters Universal hepatitis B vaccination

Vaccine uptake rather than disease mitigation seems to be aim of universal hepatitis B vaccination in the UK

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5187 (Published 04 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5187
  1. Jacob Puliyel, consultant paediatrician1
  1. 1St Stephen’s Hospital, Delhi 110054, India
  1. puliyel{at}gmail.com

Including vaccines in the routine immunisation programmes of countries1 has become a kind of fetish with the World Health Organization—disconnected from its purpose of reducing disease. WHO has recommended hepatitis B vaccination for all countries—at least three doses of the vaccine to be given to each person at birth, in infancy, or during adolescence.2 Vaccinating adolescents …

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