Screening for hepatitis B and vaccination of injecting drug users in NHS drug treatment services

MICHAEL FARRELL, MALCOLM BATTERSBY, JOHN STRANG

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Abstract

Hepatitis B vaccines are now available for people at high risk of infection. Injecting drug users are at particular risk. A UK national survey of statutory drug treatment facilities was conducted to assess what screening and vaccination procedures were offered to drug taken. Of the respondents 64% did not screen for hepatitis B and 71% did not offer vaccination to hepatitis B negative individuals. However, 63% of respondents said they would advise vaccination for injecting drug users who continued to share. Fifty‐eight per cent thought that the partners of hepatitis B positive clients should be screened and 50% thought that vaccination of partners was advisable. A policy of screening and vaccination for hepatitis B is recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1657-1659
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Addiction
Volume85
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1990
Externally publishedYes

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