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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 tells WebMD.


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