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Author Topic: Hepatitis B Has Declined in the U.S. as Vaccination Rates Have Risen  (Read 3691 times)

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The prevalence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) has declined over the past two decades as vaccination coverage for the virus has risen, MedPage Today reports.

Geraldine McQuillan, PhD, of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) in Hyattsville, Maryland, a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, analyzed blood collected from adult participants in the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES) between 1999 and 2018.

Publishing their findings in an NCHS Data Brief, the investigators found that the proportion of U.S. adults who had evidence of past or present infection with HBV declined from 5.7% during 1999 to 2002 to 4.3% during 2015 to 2018. Between those two periods, the prevalence of HBV vaccination increased from 12.3% to 25.2%.



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