Two community hepatitis B outbreaks: an argument for vaccinating incarcerated persons.

@article{Devasia2006TwoCH,
  title={Two community hepatitis B outbreaks: an argument for vaccinating incarcerated persons.},
  author={Rose A. Devasia and Timothy F. Jones and Marion a. Kainer and Sandy K. Halford and Lorinda L. Sheeler and Jamie Swift and William Schaffner},
  journal={Vaccine},
  year={2006},
  volume={24 9},
  pages={1354-8}
}
Current recommendations have not resulted in routine vaccination of correctional facility inmates for hepatitis B. We investigated two hepatitis B outbreaks. Outbreak 1 involved 4 cases epidemiologically linked to persons who had been in jail. Outbreak 2 involved 48 community cases; 69% had a history of incarceration. Two-thirds of the cases in these outbreaks might have been prevented by a program of routine vaccination of local jail inmates. Priority should be given to developing and… CONTINUE READING

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