Epidemiological Impact of Mandatory Vaccination against Hepatitis B in Italian Young Adults

  title={Epidemiological Impact of Mandatory Vaccination against Hepatitis B in Italian Young Adults},
  author={Marcello Campagna and Andrea Siddu and Angelo Meloni and Claudia Murru and Giuseppina Masia and Rosa Cristina Coppola},
  booktitle={Hepatitis monthly},
BACKGROUND Viral hepatitis caused by hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a leading cause of acute and chronic liver diseases worldwide. OBJECTIVES In Italy, a mandatory vaccination policy was introduced in 1991 and was established for all newborns and 12-year-old individuals. In 2004, vaccination of 12-year old adolescents was discontinued, and that of infants was maintained. PATIENTS AND METHODS We evaluated the seroprevalence of HBV markers in 806 individuals, who were vaccinated at birth or at 12… CONTINUE READING
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