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Coffey, Emer and Young, David [Royal College of General Practitioners, UK] . (2004) Guidance for hepatitis A and B vaccination of drug users in primary care and criteria for audit. London: Royal College of General Practioners. 8 p.

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Injecting drug users (IDUs) are at high risk from hepatitis B due to sharing of injection equipment and through sexual spread. It is estimated that 21% of injecting drug users in England and Wales have evidence of past or current hepatitis B infection.1 Hepatitis B disease can be prevented by vaccination. IDUs have been targeted since 1988 for vaccination. Despite this, both availability of vaccination and uptake by IDUs are recognised to be poor in the UK. Proactive provision of hepatitis B vaccination through widely available services is critical for protecting this difficult to reach target group.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Guideline
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:Royal College of General Practitioners, UK
Date:2004
Pages:8 p.
Publisher:Royal College of General Practioners
Place of Publication:London
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care administration > Health care quality control
B Drugs and alcohol substances > Drugs and alcohol in general
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > Hepatitis B
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > Hepatitis A
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Drugs and alcohol prevention > Drugs and alcohol use harm reduction
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health-related prevention > Health information and education > Communicable disease control
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Community-based treatment (primary care)

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