Published in Hepatitis Weekly, March 8th, 1999
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a well-recognized risk in chronic hemodialysis patients. Although the risk has declined dramatically since the 1970s, outbreaks of HBV infection among these patients continue to occur.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended hepatitis B vaccination of hemodialysis patients since 1982; however, by 1996, only 36 percent of the approximately 200,000 U.S. chronic hemodialysis patients had received the vaccine, perhaps in part because of doubts among...
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