National Viral Hepatitis Progress Report
Progress Toward Viral Hepatitis Elimination in the United States [PDF – 46 pages], is an inaugural report highlighting the nation’s progress toward reducing the burden of hepatitis A virus (HAV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections. The report reflects progress toward accomplishing the goals outlined in the 2017-2020 HHS National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan [PDF – 84 pages] and the Division of Viral Hepatitis Strategic Plan, 2016-2020 [PDF – 17 pages] and suggests specific strategies for overcoming existing challenges to eliminating viral hepatitis. The report also complements a March 2017 report released by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine titled A National Strategy for the Elimination of Hepatitis B and C, which highlights the actions necessary to eliminate hepatitis B and hepatitis C as public health threats in the United States by 2030.
Seven Indicators Used to Measure Progress toward Elimination
Unique to the national progress report is a new set of seven standardized viral hepatitis indicators, each with annual targets and accompanying 2020 goals.
|Increase the percentage of children aged 19–35 months who receive ≥2 doses of hepatitis A vaccine||85.0%||62.1%||57.5%||59.6%|
|Reduce the rate2 of reported HAV infections||0.30||0.38||0.39||0.43|
|Increase the percentage of infants who receive hepatitis B vaccine within 3 days of birth||85.0%||74.5%||72.4%||72.4%|
|Reduce the rate2 of reported acute HBV infections among persons aged ≥19 years||0.50||1.05||1.16||1.38|
|Reduce the rate2 of HBV-related deaths||0.48||0.50||0.50||0.45|
|Reduce the rate1 of reported acute HCV infections||0.25||0.66||0.74||0.81|
|Reduce the rate2 of HCV-related deaths||4.17||4.87||5.01||4.91|
|1 Target for 2015 assumes a constant (linear) rate of change from the observed baseline (2014) to the 2020 goal
2 Per 100,000 U.S. population
|Met or exceeded current annual target||Not met—moved toward annual target in most recent data year||Not met—no change or moved away from annual target in most recent data year|
The Nation’s Progress toward Reducing the Burden of HAV, HBV, and HCV
This report demonstrates that much work remains to meet our national targets and ultimately eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat in the United States. CDC will continue to monitor the burden of viral hepatitis in the nation, report changes in performance measures and indicators of health outcomes, and share progress in toward achieving our goals.
Learn more about Viral Hepatitis and Elimination
- Visit the Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis 2016-2021 report to see the global strategy targeting the elimination of hepatitis B and hepatitis C as public health threats by 2030.
- Visit the CDC Viral Hepatitis website, to learn more about hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and other types of viral hepatitis
- Page last reviewed: October 31, 2017
- Page last updated: October 31, 2017
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