William Schaffner, MD; Pierce Gardner, MD; Peter A. Gross, MD
Schaffner W., Gardner P., Gross P.; Hepatitis B Immunization Strategies: Expanding the Target. Ann Intern Med. 1993;118:308-309. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-118-4-199302150-00011
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1993;118(4):308-309.
Excellent vaccines against hepatitis B infection have been available for a decade but, despite this, the incidence of hepatitis B has increased by 37%.A study by Bloom and colleagues in this issue of the Annals finds that the use of hepatitis B vaccine is cost-effective. Consequently, they support more comprehensive strategies of vaccine delivery. Universal immunization of infants has recently become standard practice. Their recommendation that all 10-year-olds should be immunized as well is sound. However, the immunization of infants and pre-teens will not have a substantial effect on the occurrence of hepatitis B for more than a decade. Therefore, internists must continue to immunize adults in the traditional targeted risk groups, especially sexually active young adults.
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