Published in Hepatitis Weekly, October 11th, 2004
"The prevalence rate of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in Pacific Island countries is amongst the highest in the world. Hepatitis B immunization has been incorporated into national programs at various times, often with erratic supply and coverage, until a regionally coordinated program, which commenced in 1995 ensured adequate supply. The effectiveness of these programs was recently evaluated in four countries, Vanuatu and Fiji in Melanesia, Tonga in Polynesia, and Kiribati in Micronesia," scientists writing in the journal Vaccine report.
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