Beginning of the end of hepatitis B in Australia?

Results from a vaccination program for newborns, first introduced for Aboriginal babies in the Northern Territory, indicate that chronic hepatitis B infection in Australia can be reduced.

Rates of infection are 80% lower in young Aboriginal women born since the program began in 1988, compared to those born before the program began.

The study findings highlight the importance of immunisation programs in preventing chronic diseases such as hepatitis B.

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