Journal article

Hepatitis B immunisation rates among infants in ethnic groups with high prevalences of hepatitis B surface antigen carriers.

KM Oman, J Carnie, TA Ruff

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health | Published : 1997

Abstract

To determine hepatitis B immunisation rates in infants from ethnic groups with hepatitis B surface antigen chronic carrier prevalence over 5 per cent, a questionnaire was sent to all Maternal and Child Health Centres in Victoria, requesting information on the hepatitis B and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) or combined diphtheria-tetanus (CDT) immunisation status for all infants born between 1 July 1992 and 30 June 1993 and at risk of hepatitis B infection because of maternal ethnicity. We received data on 3611 of 5744 infants (62.9 per cent) in targeted ethnic groups. Of these, 12.8 per cent had not received hepatitis B vaccine, and 81.6 per cent, 76.8 per cent and 64.0 per cent had recei..

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