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Vaccine. 2009 Oct 9;27(43):5942-7. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2009.07.087. Epub 2009 Aug 11.

Reduction in hepatitis B virus seroprevalence among U.S.-born children of foreign-born Asian parents -- benefit of universal infant hepatitis B vaccination.

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Notifiable Diseases Epidemiology Section, Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health, Atlanta, GA, United States. carrie dogcat@yahoo.com

Abstract

We demonstrate that after implementation of recommendations for universal infant hepatitis B vaccination, HBV infection prevalence among children of foreign-born Asian parents in Georgia declined dramatically; horizontal transmission of infection within households has occurred infrequently; and the vast majority of infants and children have received the recommended hepatitis B vaccinations. These results provide evidence of the success of the hepatitis B infant vaccination program and highlight its potential impact on reducing chronic HBV infection morbidity and mortality among U.S. populations at high risk.

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19679217
DOI:
10.1016/j.vaccine.2009.07.087
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