Kids first?

Authors
Citation
J. Sharfstein, Kids first?, INT J HE SE, 30(4), 2000, pp. 763-769
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Public Health & Health Care Science
Journal title
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEALTH SERVICES
ISSN journal
0020-7314 → ACNP
Volume
30
Issue
4
Year of publication
2000
Pages
763 - 769
Database
ISI
SICI code
0020-7314(2000)30:4<763:KF>2.0.ZU;2-Z
Abstract
Nearly 20 years afer the licensure of a vaccine against the hepatitis B vir us, an estimated 300,000 U.S. residents still become infected with the pote ntially fatal liver virus every year. One major reason for the persistence of hepatitis B is that few adolescents and adults whose sexual and drug-usi ng behavior places them in danger of infection are able to obtain the vacci ne. Public health authorities and legislators have spent hundreds of millio ns of dollars to vaccinate low-risk but politically popular babies, while l argely ignoring high-risk older siblings, parents, aunts, and uncles. Now t his strategy, chosen in part for political reasons, is unwittingly fueling anti-vaccine efforts. The United States' poor use of the hepatitis B vaccin e will surely cast a shadow over efforts to prevent HIV, a disease with rem arkably similar transmission patterns.