Calls to make Hep B vaccine more available

An article from 9 News Sydney
July 28, 2013
Calls to make Hep B vaccine more available

 

July 28, 2013 -- When Nafisa Yussuf was overcome with exhaustion and loss of appetite, she thought it was just the stress of doing her final high school exams.

It was not until a few months later that the Somali-born student went to the doctor, did a simple blood test and was diagnosed with hepatitis B. The now 24-year-old Melbourne woman is among an estimated 220,000 people living with chronic hepatitis B in Australia - but almost half of those have never been diagnosed.

Experts used World Hepatitis Day on Sunday to call for state and federal governments to pump more resources into raising awareness of the disease and funding vaccinations for adults.The hepatitis vaccine is free for children, but funding of adult vaccines is inconsistent across the country.

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