Published in Hepatitis Weekly, February 28th, 2005
"Hepatitis B infection is highly endemic among the primitive tribes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India and it is necessary to initiate hepatitis B vaccination for control of this infection," scientists writing in the journal Vaccine report.
"A pilot project of mass hepatitis B vaccination using indigenously developed vaccine was initiated among Nicobarese tribe of Car Nicobar Island. Seroprotection rates after second and third year were 89 and 85.5%, respectively," wrote M. Murhekar and colleagues, Indian Council of Medical Research, Regional Medical Research Center.
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