21 Jul 2017

Hepatitis B vaccine shortage: implications and advice for clinical practice

Public Health England publishes hepatitis B vaccine recommendations and dose sparing advice for pre and post exposure immunisation and boosting Hepatitis B vaccine shortage: implications and advice for clinical practice

Currently, hepatitis B vaccine is in short supply in the United Kingdom (UK); until normal vaccine supply resumes, health professionals should consider alternative vaccines, prioritisation and dose sparing.

Public Health England provides additional advice for healthcare workers providing information on hepatitis B vaccination for adults and children who travel abroad:

Public Health England. Hepatitis B vaccination in adults and children: temporary  recommendations

Health Professionals are advised that this temporary advice is not absolute and requires some clinical judgement and a detailed individual risk assessment.

Advice is subject to change and will be updated as further information becomes available.

In addition, health professionals should note that the hepatitis B chapter of Immunisation against infectious disease (the Green Book) has been updated in light of the introduction of  hexavalent combination vaccine (diphtheria/tetanus/acellular pertussis/ inactivated polio vaccine/Haemophilus influenzae type b/hepatitis B) into the routine infant immunisation programme from autumn 2017.

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