Despite global headway, Africa lags on eliminating mother-to-child HBV transmission

Although progress has been made in eliminating mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B by 2030, 26% of countries have not introduced a birth dose into routine hepatitis B vaccination, noted data in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.“Vaccinating newborns with hepatitis B vaccine within the first 24 hours of birth is essential for prevention mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B virus,” Nino Khetsuriani, MD, PhD, an epidemiologist on the Hepatitis B and Tetanus Team at CDC’s Global Immunization Division, told Healio. “However, there are still 51 countriesRead More

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