Can We Really Wipe Out Hepatitis B?
"By the end of 2000, nearly 110 countries had implemented
mass vaccination programs for HBV," lead author Yen-Hsuan Ni, MD, PhD,
noted. "We anticipate that these efforts will lead to a greater worldwide
control of HBV infection in the 21st century."
In an editorial accompanying the study, the CDC's Miriam Alter
noted that universal vaccination of infants, children, and adolescents is
critical because targeting high-risk groups has proven to be inadequate. The
CDC is expected to reiterate its support for vaccination of everyone 18 and
younger in an upcoming health report.
"Eradication of the disease is the ultimate goal of any
vaccination program, and that is certainly the goal with this one," Damon