Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

Hepatitis B

Description: Hepatitis B is caused by a virus that affects the liver. Adults who get hepatitis B usually recover. However most infants infected at birth become chronic carriers i.e. they carry the virus for many years and can spread the infection to others. The virus is carried in the blood and other body fluids. It is usually spread by contact with blood

Prevention: Recombinant DNA or plasma-derived hepatitis B vaccine - three doses given by the intramuscular route into upper thigh of infant and deltoid muscle of adult

2016 global figures

      600,000 estimated deaths (in 2002)
      84% estimated HepB3 Coverage
      97% of countries integrated HepB in routine immunization

Statistics on Hepatitis B

Last Update: 09 August 2017