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Hepatitis B, Singapore - Shim Clinic

Hepatitis B Singapore: Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver caused by the Hepatitis B virus.

Hepatitis B infection is caused by the Hepatitis B virus and is usually screened for by detecting HBsAg in the blood. Immunity may be discerned by detecting HBsAb, and if absent, the Hepatitis B vaccine or Twinrix® vaccine may be given.

  • The hepatitis B virus is 100 times more infectious than HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and infects about 10 times more people than HIV worldwide.
  • Hepatitis B virus infects the liver, and more than 350 million people in the world are lifelong hepatitis B virus carriers.
  • Long-term hepatitis B virus infection causes at least one million premature deaths every year from cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer. It is second only to tobacco as the leading cause of cancer in humans.
  • Among the Hepatitis B carriers, 25% will develop serious liver diseases, including chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma.
  • The hepatitis B virus can be passed from an infected mother to her baby during childbirth, 1 in 20 Singaporeans are chronically infected with hepatitis B virus.

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Flu, Tdap, Shingles and More: A List of Vaccines for Age 50+
Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:08:04 +0800 | News
Every Vaccine You Need After Age 50 ... There are three vaccines every adult needs — Influenza, Tdap, and Shingles. Two others, Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B — are needed for certain risk factors. ..... (Source: News)

Uganda:Why Uganda War Against Hepatitis B Is Not Won Yet
Fri, 10 Aug 2018 17:52:18 +0800 | AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine
[East African] Although Uganda has undertaken a mass vaccination campaign since 2015 against Hepatitis B, the prevalence of the disease in the country remains at a high 4.3 per cent. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

Uganda:Hepatitis B Vaccine Runs Out, More Than 1,000 At Risk
Wed, 08 Aug 2018 19:06:20 +0800 | AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine
[Monitor] More than 1,000 people are reportedly at risk of missing the second immunisation cycle against Hepatitis B due to stock-outs at Bupandengo Health Centre III in Nawanyago Sub-county, Kamuli District. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

Scientists shed new light on hepatitis B virus origins
Tue, 07 Aug 2018 11:00:00 +0800 | EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health
(eLife) Researchers have provided new insight on the geographical origins and global spread of two classes of the hepatitis B virus (HBV), according to a study in eLife. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Tanzania:Hepatitis B, C Incidence Rising - Medical Officer
Thu, 02 Aug 2018 12:40:06 +0800 | AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine
[Daily News] Dodoma -At least 85 people out of 2,885, who donated blood at Dodoma Regional Blood Bank Centre in June this year, were found with Hepatitis B and 27 people with Hepatitis C. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

Pediarix (Diphtheria, Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Adsorbed, Hepatitis B and Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine) - updated on RxList
Wed, 01 Aug 2018 14:00:00 +0800 | RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)

NFID Initiative Working to Up Hepatitis B Vaccination Rates
Sat, 28 Jul 2018 02:00:22 +0800 | - Pharma News
FRIDAY, July 27, 2018 -- A new initiative to increase hepatitis B virus vaccination rates among at-risk adults has been developed, according to a report from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) published in support of World... (Source: - Pharma News)

Heplisav B (Hepatitis B Vaccine Solution for Intramuscular Injection) - updated on RxList
Fri, 27 Jul 2018 14:00:00 +0800 | RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)

Nigeria:WHO Seeks Urgent Increase in Hepatitis Testing, Treatment
Fri, 27 Jul 2018 13:46:01 +0800 | AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine
[Guardian] Ahead of the World Hepatitis Day (WHD) in July 28, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and partners have called for urgent increase in testing and treatment services to reduce 1.34 million lives lost to hepatitis B and C. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

WHO Targets for Chronic Hepatitis B Will Be Cost-Effective
Thu, 26 Jul 2018 19:00:07 +0800 | - Pharma News
THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 -- Meeting World Health Organization (WHO) targets for chronic hepatitis B by 2030 will be cost-effective, according to a report published in the July issue of Health Affairs. Mehlika Toy, Ph.D., from the Stanford University... (Source: - Pharma News)

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