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Hepatitis Foundation questions free Hepatitis A vaccinations.

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    Hepatitis Foundation questions free Hepatitis A vaccinations. - 18-Feb-1996
    The Hepatitis Foundation is challenging a decision to provide 1000 free hepatitis A vaccinations to Auckland gay men. It says the $60,000 project is astonishing given that the needs of those carrying hepatitis B is more pressing.

    Mr Sandor Milne, the foundation director, said a person infected with hepatitis A would be a social risk for only a few days or weeks but someone with hepatitis B might be infectious for 10 to 20 years.

    He went on to say that we should "not forget that hepatitis B kills perhaps 100 to 150 carriers every year most of them men, most of them poor. In a perfect world, where money was no object, the attempts of Auckland health workers to control the transmisson of hepatitis A in gay sex venues might be applauded."

    North Health responded by saying that the hepatitis A programme for gay men was a single project to meet an acute problem. The authority also bought routine vaccinations for hepatitis B and screening for pregnant women who were carrieris of the disease.
    Ref: - QNA


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