Title
The worldwide impact of vaccination on the control and protection of viral hepatitis BThe worldwide impact of vaccination on the control and protection of viral hepatitis B
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Research group
Vaccine & Infectious Disease Institute (VAXINFECTIO)
Publication type
article
Publication
Roma,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Digestive and liver disease. - Roma
Volume/pages
43(2011):S:1, p. S2-S7
ISSN
1590-8658
ISI
000294020800002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Viral hepatitis B is a leading cause of acute and chronic liver disease worldwide, including cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Vaccination is the most effective measure for controlling and preventing hepatitis B and its severe long-term sequelae. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), by the end of 2008 177 countries had introduced hepatitis B vaccination into their national routine neonatal, infant and/or adolescent immunisation programmes, and Italy was one of the first countries to implement a universal strategy of hepatitis B vaccination. The implementation of such vaccination programmes has globally resulted in a marked decrease in disease burden, in the carrier rate and in hepatitis B-related morbidity and mortality. Despite this success, work remains to be done to fully achieve the WHO goal of control of hepatitis B and HBV-related diseases on a global scale.
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