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Notice to Readers: Hepatitis Awareness Month --- May 2005

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. In 2003, in the United States, an estimated 61,000 new infections occurred with hepatitis A virus, 73,000 with hepatitis B virus, and 30,000 with hepatitis C virus (1). Effective interventions, such as hepatitis A and hepatitis B immunization (2,3) and counseling and testing for hepatitis C (4), can help prevent and control viral hepatitis and protect personal and community health. Additional information regarding Hepatitis Awareness Month, activities associated with this month, prevention and control of viral hepatitis, and free educational materials is available at http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis.

References

  1. CDC. Disease burden from hepatitis A, B, and C in the United States. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2004. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/resource/pdfs/disease_burden2004.pdf.
  2. CDC. Prevention of hepatitis A through active or passive immunization: recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). MMWR 1999;48(No. RR-12).
  3. CDC. Hepatitis B virus: a comprehensive strategy for eliminating transmission in the United States through universal childhood vaccination: recommendations of the Immunization Practices Advisory Committee (ACIP). MMWR 1991;40(No. RR-13).
  4. CDC. Recommendations for prevention and control of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and HCV-related chronic disease. MMWR 1998;47(No. RR-19).



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