Hepatitis B vaccine advice for dental professionals

Update on the occupational health guidance for dental professionals regarding the hepatitis B vaccine.

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Hepatitis B vaccine advice for dental professionals

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There is a global shortage of hepatitis B vaccine which is currently having a severe impact on the UK supply, a situation that is likely to continue until early 2018.

To ensure that stock is available for those individuals at highest and most immediate risk of exposure to hepatitis B during the period of constraint, Public Health England (PHE) has developed temporary recommendations to support clinicians undertaking an individual risk assessment, which have been accepted by all devolved administrations in the UK.

Published 27 October 2017