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Determinants of universal adolescent hepatitis B vaccine uptake
  1. L A Wallace1,
  2. J C Bramley1,
  3. S Ahmed3,
  4. R Duff4,
  5. S J Hutchinson2,
  6. W F Carman5,
  7. N R E Kitchin6,
  8. D J Goldberg1
  1. 1Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health, Clifton House, Clifton Place, Glasgow G3 7LN, UK
  2. 2University of Glasgow, 1 Lilybank Gardens, Glasgow G12 8RZ, UK
  3. 3Greater Glasgow NHS Board, Dalian House, St Vincent Street, Glasgow G3 8YU, UK
  4. 4Schools Health Service, Yorkhill NHS Trust, Southbank Centre, 207 Old Rutherglen Road, Glasgow G5 0RE, UK
  5. 5West of Scotland Specialist Virology Centre, Gartnavel General Hospital, PO Box 16766, Glasgow G12 0ZA, UK
  6. 6Aventis Pasteur MSD, Mallards Reach, Bridge Avenue, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 1QP, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr L A Wallace
    Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health, Clifton House, Clifton Place, Glasgow G3 7LN, UK; Lesley.Wallacescieh.csa.scot.nhs.uk

Abstract

The UK is currently considering the introduction of universal hepatitis B vaccination. This study of determinants of vaccine uptake among school based adolescents shows that living in areas of high deprivation, commonly associated with injecting drug risk behaviours, was the most important factor, with statistically significant lower odds of receiving three doses. This was less pronounced for receipt of two doses. Thus, there are implications for future policy; if universal vaccination is approved, a licensed two dose schedule would be most appropriate in this setting.

  • adolescents
  • hepatitis B vaccine
  • determinants
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