Hepatitis B incidence among South Asian children in England and Wales: implications for immunisation policy
- 1Public Health Laboratory Service, Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, London, UK
- 2Public Health Laboratory Service, Sexually Transmitted and Blood-borne Virus Laboratory, London, UK
- Correspondence to:
Dr S Hahné
HPA-CDSC, 61 Colindale Avenue, London NW9 5EQ, UK;
- Accepted 2 May 2003
The incidence of acute hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is higher among South Asian than among non-South Asian UK residents, and infections in South Asians occur more often during childhood. The UK’s immunisation policy should be changed to protect ethnic minority children against HBV infection.