Hepatitis B: Screening and Protecting your Employees

Hepatitis B: Screening and Protecting your Employees

Hepatitis B is irritation and inflammation of the liver due to infection of the Hepatitis B virus (HBV). Prior to the introduction of the Hepatitis B vaccine in 1981, Hepatitis B infections were the most frequent occupational infection among the health care, laboratory, and public safety workers. Fortunately since the inception of the vaccination, transmission rates have been greatly reduced. Infection rates have dropped by 82% since 1990.

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