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Most UK citizens susceptible to hepatitis B infection
Date:11/9/2007

of the virus, because of ongoing transmission among the non-immune adult population and the difficulty in identifying and reaching people at risk. For this reason, Pollard argues that the current targeted programme aimed at high risk groups (injecting drug users, prisoners etc) needs strengthening to reduce the burden of new infections until those in a universal immunisation programme reach adulthood.

He also says that the recent proposal to introduce vaccination to prevent cervical cancer in pre-adolescents from next year could provide a vehicle for implementing a concomitant adolescent hepatitis B programme to prevent liver cancer. This, he suggests, would generate a group of immune individiuals more quickly than universal infant immunisation alone and hasten the control of the hepatitis B virus in the UK.


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