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Increasing hepatitis B vaccine prevalence among refugee children arriving in the U.S.

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Led by Katherine Yun, MD, of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, researchers studied what effect foreign hepatitis B virus (HBV) immunization initiatives have had on vaccine uptake among refugee children.

Led by Katherine Yun, MD, of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, researchers studied what effect foreign hepatitis B virus (HBV) immunization initiatives have had on vaccine uptake among refugee children. Nearly 2,300 children and adolescents screened for the virus after arriving in the United States from 2006–12 were grouped according to whether they were born before or after their home country incorporated HBV vaccine into its national immunization program. Based on serological evidence of immunization, the investigators concluded that national HBV vaccination campaigns have helped to boost vaccination rates among incoming child refugees to the United States.

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http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2016.303203

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