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Universal hepatitis B immunisation in adolescents would be highly successful, especially if only two doses were used, a Scottish pilot has shown.

The Government's immunisation advisory body, the Joint Committee on Vac-

cination and Immunisation, is considering the introduction of universal hepatitis B

vaccination across the UK,

either in 12-year-olds or in


The first major study to determine the acceptability of hepatitis B vaccination in 10,800 school children found that uptake rates hit at least 90 per cent in all groups at two doses.

But uptake tailed off by the third dose, particularly among adolescents from the most deprived areas who have the highest risk of hepatitis B infection, according to a study published in this month's Archives of Diseases in Childhood.

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