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NVAC Resolution: Hepatitis B

September 29, 1998

WHEREAS, a pocket of need may be broadly defined as an undervaccinated population, and

WHEREAS, adolescents are undervaccinated with hepatitis B vaccine as well as other recommended vaccines, and

WHEREAS, racial/ethnic disparities exist for the risk of acquiring hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, therefore

Be it resolved that:

NVAC recognizes adolescents as an age-defined pocket of need and recommends targeted hepatitis B vaccination activities for adolescents, and

NVAC recommends that the Assistant Secretary for Health focus specifically on improving vaccination coverage of adolescents against HBV infection when designing and implementing strategies to eliminate racial/ethnic disparities in disease incidence.