Hepatitis, Everything from A to E
What is being done to control hepatitis?

Hospitals and blood banks are required to test all blood drawn for transfusion with very sensitive test for hepatitis B and hepatitis C viruses. Many hospitals are testing staff members, patients being prepared for surgery, kidney patients and pregnant women for evidence of hepatitis B infection. In some areas, all patients admitted to the hospital are tested for hepatitis on a routine basis.

A major advance in the control of hepatitis B occurred in 1981 with the introduction of a hepatitis vaccine. For people at high risk of acquiring hepatitis, vaccination is recommended. Once vaccinated, individuals should have their blood tested at regular intervals to determine their level of immunity.