Hepatitis B vaccination urged for babies

The health council is set to recommend that all new babies in the Netherlands be vaccinated against hepatitis B, the Volkskrant reports on Tuesday.

Hepatitis B causes a number of serious liver complications, including liver cancer, the paper says. Some 30 people in the Netherlands die of kidney failure and liver cancer every year, while some 4,000 people are infected with hepatitis B.
The vaccination against hepatitis B has been included in the national vaccination programme since 2003, which means it is already given to at-risk groups. These include children from carriers, children whose parents come from a country where there is a lot of hepatitis B and homosexual men, the Volkskrant states.

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