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Prevention of viral hepatitis in the Nordic countries and Germany.

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Source
Scand J Infect Dis. 2005;37(8):549-60
Publication Type
Article
Date
2005
Author
David Fitzsimons
Guido François
Katharina Alpers
Doris Radun
Johannes Hallauer
Wolfgang Jilg
Wolfram Gerlich
Lars Rombo
Hans Blystad
Hanne Nøkleby
Pierre van Damme
Author Affiliation
World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.
Source
Scand J Infect Dis. 2005;37(8):549-60
Date
2005
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adolescent
Adult
Child
Disease Outbreaks
Female
Germany - epidemiology
Hepatitis, Viral, Human - epidemiology - immunology - prevention & control
Homosexuality, Male
Humans
Immunization Programs - organization & administration
Male
Population Surveillance - methods
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Scandinavia - epidemiology
Substance Abuse, Intravenous
Abstract
The Viral Hepatitis Prevention Board (VHPB) convened a meeting of international experts from the public and private sectors in the Nordic countries and Germany, in order to review the epidemiological situation, the surveillance systems for infectious diseases, the immunization programmes and policy, and the monitoring of adverse events after hepatitis vaccination in those countries, to evaluate prevention and control measures, and to identify the issues that arose and the lessons learnt. Considerable progress has been made in the past decades in the prevention and control of viral hepatitis in the respective countries. Vaccination programmes have been set up, blood products' safety has significantly been improved, and outbreak investigations remain the basis for the implementation of control measures. However, additional work remains to be done. Awareness of viral hepatitis among the public and professionals should further be raised, and more political support is needed regarding the value of prevention efforts and vaccination programmes.
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