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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

CDC to Recommend Hepatitis B Vaccination in Diabetes

BOSTON – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will recommend on Oct. 25 that patients with diabetes receive immunization with the hepatitis B vaccine, following findings that U.S. adults with diabetes patients face a roughly twofold increased risk for hepatitis B infection.

Results from CDC investigations identified inadequately cleaned blood glucose monitors as a major route of hepatitis B virus transmission among patients with diabetes, Meredith L. Reilly, a CDC epidemiologist, said while presenting a poster at the meeting.

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