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2nd December 2018
Updated ACIP recommendations for prevention of hepatitis A infection

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

The United States Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has issued updated recommendations for prevention of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection in November 2018. Published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the ACIP says that postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) with hepatitis A (HepA) vaccine or immune globulin (IG) prevents infection with hepatitis A virus when administered within 2 weeks of exposure.

As per the guidelines, hepatitis A vaccine for postexposure prophylaxis provides advantages over IG, including induction of active immunity, longer duration of protection, ease of administration and greater acceptability and availability.

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