Hepatitis B prevention in Victoria, Australia - the potential to protect
S Williams, H Vally, J Fielding, B Cowie
EUROSURVEILLANCE | EUR CENTRE DIS PREVENTION & CONTROL | Published : 2011
People with chronic hepatitis B (CHB) are a major source of incident hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. The Department of Health in Victoria, Australia, recommends household contacts of CHB cases to be screened and funds hepatitis B vaccination for those susceptible to infection. In July 2009, two cross-sectional surveys were conducted to assess the uptake of screening and vaccination: a postal survey of the treating doctors of a random sample of 65 CHB patients and a telephone survey of these patients. Twenty-six cases reported all adult household contacts had been screened, however only eight of these 26 patients reported that all susceptible adult contacts had been fully vaccinated. In co..View full abstract
This study was completed when Stephanie Williams was a Master of Applied Epidemiology scholar at the Australian National University, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.