The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that, in the United States, 78,000 people became infected with hepatitis B in 2001 and that 93,000 cases of hepatitis A occurred in 2002. Current recommendations of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for hepatitis B and hepatitis A vaccination in adults are based on a daunting list of risk groups, many of which overlap. Simplifying vaccination recommendations and using the term "vaccine-preventable hepatitis" (VPH) may encourage practitioners to administer hepatitis B and hepatitis A vaccines to adults. A group of experts in the fields of primary care, gastroenterology, hepatology, infectious and sexually transmitted diseases, human immunodeficiency virus, travel medicine, and public health convened to discuss prevention of hepatitis B and hepatitis A and to develop recommendations for VPH based on available evidence. They concluded that a universal, age-based vaccination strategy would help to increase vaccination rates among adults, thereby decreasing the incidence of hepatitis B and hepatitis A, and that government funding of hepatitis B and hepatitis A vaccination in adults is needed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Journal of Applied Research|
|State||Published - Apr 26 2007|
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
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