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August 23, 1995

Update: Recommendations to Prevent Hepatitis B Virus Transmission—United States

JAMA. 1995;274(8):603-604. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530080019016

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Abstract

MMWR. 1995;44:574-575

IN OCTOBER 1994, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) approved recommendations expanding the vaccination strategy to eliminate hepatitis B virus (HBV) transmission in the United States. These recommendations include:

  1. Vaccination of all unvaccinated children aged <11 years who are Pacific Islanders or who reside in households of first-generation immigrants from countries where HBV is of high or intermediate endemicity.

  2. Vaccination of all 11-12-year-old children who have not previously received hepatitis B vaccine.

Reported by: Epidemiology and Surveillance Div, National Immunization Program; Hepatitis Br, Div of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, National Center for Infectious Diseases, CDC.

CDC Editorial Note:  In November 1991, the ACIP recommended that hepatitis B vaccine be integrated into infant vaccination schedules.1 However, high rates of HBV infection continue to occur among children aged 0-10 years who are Alaskan Natives, Pacific Islanders, and infants of first-generation immigrant mothers from areas where HBV infection

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