"Vaccinate against hepatitis B"

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7 June 2007, AMERSFOORT - Babies in the Netherlands should be administered a hepatitis B vaccine along with the other standard vaccinations.

7 June 2007

AMERSFOORT  - Babies in the Netherlands should be administered a hepatitis B vaccine along with the other standard vaccinations.

A number of experts, including Jan van Hattum of the National Hepatitis Centre in Amersfoort, have written this in the professional journal The Lancet, Infectious Diseases this month.

Currently only high risk groups like drug users and prostitutes are vaccinated in the Netherlands. But, the authors of the article write, the chance of infection for those not in these groups has increased because more and more Dutch are travelling to remote destinations where the disease is prevalent and the Netherlands has become home to growing number of migrants from such areas.

Hepatitis B causes liver infection which can be fatal if untreated. The illness is contagious and can be contracted from unsafe sex and dirty needles used for injections or piercings or tattoos.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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