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Call for nationwide Indigenous Hepatitis B vaccinations

Date posted: 31 October 2016

A new Australian report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), which is an associated body of the United Nations, has called for a national Hepatitis B immunisation program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults living in Australia.

Hepatitis B is an infectious disease, which can be contracted through blood and other bodily fluids. Sharing needles and having unprotected sex can put people at risk of contracting it.

It comes with the finding that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are at significant increased risk of Hepatitis B, according to a new WHO report.

The report's authors have said that there are 3.6 cases of the disease per 100,000 of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, compared with 1.1 per 100,000 among other Australians. For this reason, the authors have concluded that a national immunisation program would be beneficial.

Source: SBS News

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Last updated: 31 October 2016
 
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