VHPB International Congress. Madrid, ESP, 1997/11/17.
In 1993 the Viral Hepatitis Prevention Board focused its attention on the serious threat hepatitis B poses to the community at large.
The Cannes 1993 meeting « Action Towards Control of Hepatitis B as a Community Health Risk » was the first initiative and the springboard for other activities.
The rationale behind universal hepatitis B vaccination strategies and the prerequisites for implementing these strategies were analyzed.
Background information on country-specific hepatitis B epidemiology and on the feasibility of vaccination strategies were presented and discussed.
The congress participants concluded that it is insufficient and ineffective to focus a vaccination campaign on a limited subset of the population (the so-called « risk groups »), and the need for universal hepatitis B immunization was clearly recognized.
Since Cannes 1993 many countries have responded to the call for universal hepatitis B immunization.
Many have performed economic evaluation studies, while others have initiated sero-epidemiological studies to generate input data for burden of disease calculation.
These studies indicate that epidemiological and economic arguments cannot be used to delay the implementation of universal hepatitis B vaccination.
Some countries have improved their surveillance systems and included viral hepatitis in the surveillance programmes.
Others have put hepatitis B on the political agenda. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Homme, Epidémiologie, Programme sanitaire, Prévention, Vaccination, Vaccin, Hépatite virale B, Virose, Infection, Appareil digestif pathologie, Foie pathologie, Europe, Viral Hepatitis Prevention Board
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Human, Epidemiology, Sanitary program, Prevention, Vaccination, Vaccine, Viral hepatitis B, Viral disease, Infection, Digestive diseases, Hepatic disease, Europe
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Code Inist : 002B05A02. Création : 16/11/1999.