Sudden rise in uptake of hepatitis B vaccination among injecting drug users associated with a universal vaccine programme in prisons

Hutchinson, S. J., Wadd, S., Taylor, A., Bird, S. M., Mitchell, A., Morrison, D. S., Ahmed, S. and Goldberg, D. J. (2004) Sudden rise in uptake of hepatitis B vaccination among injecting drug users associated with a universal vaccine programme in prisons. Vaccine, 23(2), pp. 210-214. (doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2004.05.019)

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Abstract

Hitherto, services have failed to deliver the UK Government’s 1988 recommendation to vaccinate injecting drug users (IDUs) against hepatitis B virus (HBV). In April 1999, the Scottish Prison Service implemented an initiative to offer HBV vaccination to all inmates; we sought to determine the impact of this initiative on the IDU population. Among community-recruited IDUs (who had injected for ≤5 years) in Glasgow, vaccine uptake was significantly higher among those surveyed in 2001–2002 (52% of 387) than in 1993 (16% of 166), 1994 (19% of 138) or January–March 1999 (15% of 128); of the 2001–2002 vaccinees, 56% had been vaccinated in prison. Our results indicate that the universal offer of vaccination to all prisoners, within two years of the initiative’s implementation, has had a dramatic impact on uptake among IDUs.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Morrison, Dr David and Ahmed, Dr Syed and Goldberg, Prof David and Bird, Dr Sheila
Authors: Hutchinson, S. J., Wadd, S., Taylor, A., Bird, S. M., Mitchell, A., Morrison, D. S., Ahmed, S., and Goldberg, D. J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Public Health
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences
Journal Name:Vaccine
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0264-410X
ISSN (Online):1873-2518
Published Online:14 July 2004

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