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Revista chilena de infectología

versión impresa ISSN 0716-1018

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COFRE G., JOSÉ  y  ABARCA V., KATIA. Hepatitis A vaccine. Rev. chil. infectol. [online]. 2003, vol.20, n.4, pp.243-252. ISSN 0716-1018.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0716-10182003000400004.

Inactivated hepatitis A vaccine is an valuable preventive prophylactic tool because of its high immunogenicity, capacity to induce immunological memory and high efficacy and safety profile. It may be utilized since 12 month age with excellent seroconversion. The several available hepatitis A vaccines are interchangeable facilitating its use in a public health setting. The best way to benefit countries like Chile with intermediate endemicity is to implement a cohort vaccination program and to use it in the control of circumscribed outbreaks. Moreover it represents an alternative strategy to human normal immunoglobulin for immunoprophylaxis in close contact at home and enclosed institutions. In this article we present an exhaustive review of published experiences that support these asseverations.

Palabras clave : Hepatitis A, Vaccines; Inactivated; Immunogenicity; Efficacy; Safety; Public health; Expanded Program on Immunization.

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