Hepatitis B Vaccine birth dose in India: Time to reconsider.

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Summary of "Hepatitis B Vaccine birth dose in India: Time to reconsider."

Viral hepatitis is increasingly being recognized as a public health problem in India with 96% of all hepatitis mortality attributed to hepatitis B and C combined. It has been recognized that hepatitis B vaccination has resulted in substantial reductions in the incidence of acute and chronic hepatitis B infections and carriage. Although coverage of third-dose hepatitis B vaccine has reached 86%, the birth-dose coverage was only 45% in 2015 despite high rates of institutional deliveries (79%). With the target set at 90% coverage of birth-dose hepatitis B vaccine by 2030, it is imperative to immediately incorporate WHO/SAGE recommendations of administering the hepatitis B vaccine birth dose until 7 days into the National Immunization Schedule (NIS).


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Name: Human vaccines & immunotherapeutics
ISSN: 2164-554X


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