Hepatitis B testing and vaccination in immigrants attending English as a second language classes in British Columbia, Canada.

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention : APJCP, Volume 10, Issue 6, p.997-1002 (2009)

Keywords:

2009, Adult, British Columbia, Center-Authored Paper, Collaborative Data Services Core Facility, Emigrants and Immigrants, Female, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis B Vaccines, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Odds Ratio, Prevalence, Public Health Sciences Division, Questionnaires, Risk Factors, Serologic Tests, Shared Resources

Abstract:

Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a growing health issue in Canada, especially given that population growth is now largely the result of immigration. Immigrants from countries with high HBV prevalence and low levels of HBV vaccination have an excess risk of liver disease and there is a need for increased diligence in HBV blood testing and possibly vaccination among these populations.