Summer, Travel and Hepatitis A Care: Patients often forego full immunization

Summer is synonymous with holidays and travel but some regions harbor a risk of infection, leading to tourists contracting hepatitis A. Experts recommend a precautionary vaccination to prevent inflammation of the liver. To ensure complete inoculation, the vaccine needs to be injected on two separate occasions. However, researchers from QuintilesIMS discovered that a sizeable number of patients skip the second injection and therefore fail to complete the vaccination cycle. This discovery was made on the basis of non-identified treatment details from general practitioners and pediatrician practices in Germany. In terms of the double injection, the lowest compliance was by adults between the ages of 18-30. The best compliance was found in patients under the age of 18 treated by pediatricians.

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