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Commun Dis Public Health. 2001 Mar;4(1):71-2.

Failure to vaccinate current injecting drug users against hepatitis B in England and Wales.

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HIV and STD Division, Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, Public Health Laboratory Service, 61 Colindale Avenue, London NW9 5EQ.

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  • Commun Dis Public Health 2002 Jun;5(2):176.


In most industrialised countries the elimination of hepatitis B infection is highly reliant on effective vaccine delivery to injecting drug users. This paper highlights the very poor vaccine coverage achieved in England and Wales in the ten years since this problem was officially recognised and targeted. This is despite the existence of a comprehensive and well-utilised network of specialist services for injecting drug users.

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