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690 million in China infected with hepatitis B
The Epoch Times
5/5/2004



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According to the Xinhua News Agency, April 25 is Children’s Immunization Day in China. China’s health department has named this day with the theme of “vaccination prevents hepatitis B” this year. They want to draw the public’s attention to the importance of vaccinating children for hepatitis B vaccination to stop further spread of the disease in China.

A recent study showed that about 2 billion people in the world are infected with hepatitis B; 690 million of them live in China has 690. The chronic hepatitis B carriers in China number about 20 million. An average of 280,000 deaths annually are caused by hepatitis B and related liver diseases.

At the China Center for Disease Prevention and Control, immunization expert Chen Yuansheng stressed how important it is to provide free vaccines to infants even in the distant countryside. He stated the medical field has no cure for hepatitis B.

Vaccines are the most economical, efficient ways to prevent hepatitis B and lowers the risk of contracting the disease. In early 1992 the hepatitis B vaccine was added to the children’s immunization list. The health department announced that babies born after Jan. 1, 2003, will receive free hepatitis B vaccines provided by the government.

The study stated that babies born in the hospital must receive their first injection of hepatitis B vaccine within 24 hours. Right now this action is being taken in all provinces in China. However, some of the distant countryside’s newborns do not have access to the free injection. Chen also stated China’s current yearly medical expense for liver diseases and infections is more than 100 billion yuan (US $12 billion).

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