Hepatitis A vaccination coverage among adults aged 18–49 years in the United States

ArticleinVaccine 27(9):1301-5 · February 2009with5 Reads
Impact Factor: 3.62 · DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2008.12.054 · Source: PubMed


    Hepatitis A is the most common type of hepatitis reported in the United States. Prior to hepatitis A vaccine introduction in 1996, hepatitis A incidence followed a cyclic pattern with peak incidence occurring every 10-15 years. During 1980-1995, between 22,000 and 36,000 hepatitis A cases were reported annually. Since 1996, hepatitis A vaccination recommendations have included adults at risk for infection and children living in communities with the highest disease rates. This study provides the first national estimates of self-reported hepatitis A vaccination coverage among persons aged 18-49 years in the United States.