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  1. The 7th World Hepatitis Day on 28 July 2017 provides a historic opportunity to campaign to "Eliminate hepatitis", the 2030 goal to which all 53 WHO European Member States committed in 2016. Eliminating the threat of infection with the hepatitis B virus (HBV) requires a comprehensive approach that includes prevention of infections acquired immediately before and after birth and during childhood, as well as during adolescence and adulthood. Following a thorough review of available evidence, WHO concluded in its updated vaccine position paper on hepatitis B released in early July 2017 that vaccination programmes against hepatitis B are very safe and effective. Studies have shown a dramatic decrease in deaths due to acute and chronic liver diseases among vaccinated people and in the number of cases of hepatitis-related liver cancer. Hepatitis B vaccine is known as the first vaccine that prevents cancer (the second being the vaccine against human papillomavirus to prevent cervical cancer). 48 of the 53 countries in the WHO European Region conduct universal hepatitis B vaccination, offering population-wide protection against hepatitis B and its complications. In addition, United Kingdom will start administering a hexavalent vaccine to children born after 1 August 2017. For more information about hepatitis B in Europe, see: · WHO fact sheet on Hepatitis B: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/communicable-diseases/hepatitis/news/news/2015/07/viral-hepatitis-400-deaths-a-day-in-the-who-european-region-could-be-prevented/factsheet-hepatitis-b · Action plan for the health sector response to viral hepatitis in the WHO European Region. DRAFT (2016): http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/communicable-diseases/hepatitis/publications/2016/action-plan-for-the-health-sector-response-to-viral-hepatitis-in-the-who-european-region.-draft-2016 · World Hepatitis Day: Making hepatitis elimination a reality: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/communicable-diseases/hepatitis/news/news/2017/07/world-hepatitis-day-making-hepatitis-elimination-a-reality · WHO European Region moving closer to control of hepatitis B: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/communicable-diseases/hepatitis/news/news/2017/07/who-european-region-moving-closer-to-control-of-hepatitis-b
  2. The Guardian, 9 July 2017 Babies born from the 1 August will be offered new ‘hexavalent’ jab in effort to clamp down on infections that cause cirrhosis and liver cancer. Read the full article: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jul/09/hepatitis-b-jab-to-be-added-to-5-in-1-jab-for-babies-born-in-uk
  3. WHO Hepatitis B position paper (July 2017): http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/255841/1/WER9227.pdf?ua=1 (PDF) See all Hepatitis B position papers: http://www.who.int/immunization/policy/position_papers/hepatitis_b/en/
  4. The deadline for application is 27 March 2017. For more information, visit the ECDC website: http://ecdc.europa.eu/en/aboutus/jobs/Pages/JobOpportunities.aspx
  5. 28 July is World Hepatitis Day, and WHO calls on policy-makers, health workers and the public to “Know hepatitis. Act now”. Today, only 1 in 20 people with viral hepatitis know they have it. And just 1 in 100 with the disease is being treated. A vaccine against hepatitis B, which is 95% effective, has been available since 1982, yet Hep B is still a potentially life threatening liver disease that poses a threat to global health. Over 13 million people in the European Region are estimated to be living with hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, and over 15 million with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. These two viruses account for the greatest burden of viral hepatitis in the Region. More than 400 people across the WHO European Region die from causes related to viral hepatitis every day. In September 2016, Member States will discuss the first action plan for the health sector’s response to viral hepatitis in the WHO European Region, which will set an ambitious goal of elimination of viral hepatitis as a public health threat in the Region by 2030. Learn more here: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/communicable-diseases/hepatitis/world-hepatitis-day/world-hepatitis-day-2016-speaking-out-on-hepatitis,-the-silent-killer World Hepatitis Day 2016. Global Campaign: http://www.who.int/campaigns/hepatitis-day/2016/en/ World Hepatitis Alliance campaign: http://worldhepatitisday.org/
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    World Hepatitis Day

    On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2016, WHO calls on policy-makers, health workers and the public to "Know hepatitis - Act now".
  7. WHO: Preventing Perinatal Hepatitis B Virus Transmission: A Guide for Introducing Hepatitis B Birth Dose Vaccination (ISBN 978 92 4 150983 1) This document provides guidance for immunization managers and maternal child health partners seeking to introduce hepatitis B birth dose vaccination into their national immunization programmes, placing particular emphasis on the unique programmatic features of birth dose vaccination and the necessary integration with obstetric and post-natal care. This document will also be helpful for countries that have already introduced HepB-BD but would like to improve coverage. This new IVB publication is now online at: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/208278/1/9789241509831_eng.pdf
  8. In a new study, researchers in Hanover, Germany, analyzed data showing that the prevalence of hepatitis B is higher among refugees than the general German population, but not higher than the immigrants who already live in Germany. The good news is that the system for vaccination is pretty strong in Germany, with a high ability to vaccinate for hepatitis B, or other diseases like tuberculosis, and measles/mumps/rubella. See the full article.