TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

More than half of Americans unaware of hepatitis B vaccine

More than half of Americans unaware of hepatitis B vaccine. | Courtesy of sciencedaily.com
A national poll from REPASS Research and Strategic Consulting recently showed that more than 50 percent of Americans are not aware that there is a vaccine that is designed to protect them from the hepatitis B virus.

The vaccine has been available since 1981.

This was discovered in spite of the fact that one out of every 20 people in the U.S. have hepatitis B infections. This amounts to 12 million Americans with hepatitis B infections.

"Hepatitis B is the world's most serious common liver infection, as well as the world's deadliest vaccine-preventable disease," Timothy Block, Ph.D., president and co-founder of the Hepatitis B Foundation, said. "If every person was tested for hepatitis B and vaccinated, this urgent public health threat could be eliminated within our lifetime. The lesson here is ‘get tested and get vaccinated.'”

The poll discovered that 39 percent of its participants were uncertain whether a vaccine for hepatitis B existed. Of the respondents, 17 percent stated that there was no vaccine. These figures amount to 56 percent of the study’s participants. Forty-four percent of the participants knew there was a vaccine available for the virus.

“These results are alarming,” Rex Repass said. “To know that there is a vaccine available and that less than half of all adults are aware that they should be tested and vaccinated is a surprising statistic.”

A nationally balanced number of the U.S. adult population (1,500) participated in the poll.

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Hepatitis B Foundation 3805 Old Easton Rd Doylestown, PA 18902

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