Publication
Title
The worldwide impact of vaccination on the control and protection of viral hepatitis B
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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.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Digestive and liver disease. - Roma
Publication
Roma : 2011
ISSN
1590-8658
Volume/pages
43:S:1(2011), p. S2-S7
ISI
000294020800002
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
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UAntwerpen
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External links
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Creation 30.11.2011
Last edited 16.07.2017
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