Arch Dis Child 88:1082-1083 doi:10.1136/adc.88.12.1082
  • Community child health, public health, and epidemiology

Hepatitis B incidence among South Asian children in England and Wales: implications for immunisation policy

  1. S Hahné1,
  2. M Ramsay1,
  3. K Soldan1,
  4. K Balogun1,
  5. P Mortimer2
  1. 1Public Health Laboratory Service, Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, London, UK
  2. 2Public Health Laboratory Service, Sexually Transmitted and Blood-borne Virus Laboratory, London, UK
  1. 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.