Prevention of Hepatitis B

General measures are based on knowledge of the mode of transmission of hepatitis B and include measures to prevent blood-to-blood contact, the use of sterile syringes, needles and other implements, screening of blood and blood products, protected casual sexual intercourse and other precautions dictated by the propensity for spread of this infection and the huge number of asymptomatic carriers of HBV in the population. The single most effective measure for prevention is active immunisation.

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