|Title:||Guidelines for the Provision of Hepatitis A and B Vaccine to adults in Western Australia at risk of acquiring these infections by sexual transmission and injecting drug use|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0146/08|
|Date of issue:||Wednesday, 17 September 2008|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||The guidelines have been designed to increase the accessibility of hepatitis A and B vaccines for adults at risk of acquiring these infections by sexual transmission and/or injecting drug use.|
|Period of effect:||from 25 August 2008 to 25 August 2013|
|Review date:||25 August 2013|
|Authorised by:||Dr Peter Flett, A/DIRECTOR GENERAL, WA HEALTH, 15-Sep-2008|
|Print version:||View print version|
Guidelines for the Provision of Hepatitis A and B Vaccine to adults in Western Australia at risk of acquiring these infections by sexual transmission and injecting drug use
These guidelines have been designed to increase the accessibility of hepatitis A and B vaccines for adults at risk of acquiring these infections by sexual transmission and/or injecting drug use.
Refer to OP 1529/02 “Hepatitis B vaccination program” and OD 0074/07 “Management of Hepatitis A” for guidelines for vaccinating people at risk of acquiring hepatitis B or A via other transmission routes.
These guidelines have been developed in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommendations for hepatitis B vaccination (Commonwealth of Australia, 2008). However, these guidelines do not apply to all groups that the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommends be vaccinated against hepatitis B.
The NHMRC recommends that combined hepatitis A and B vaccine be considered for certain groups, including: expatriates and long-term visitors to developing countries; medical, dental and nursing undergraduate students; men who have sex with men; injecting drug users; patients with chronic liver disease; the intellectually disabled and their carers; and people with haemophilia who may receive pooled plasma concentrates. People who are not eligible to receive free hepatitis A or B vaccine under the program outlined in this operational circular are encouraged to be vaccinated for hepatitis B, although they may be liable for any associated costs. (Note: The Department of Justice provides free hepatitis B vaccination for Prison Officers and inmates, and free combined hepatitis A and B vaccine for prisoners who are hepatitis C and/or HIV positive.)
The Department of Health will provide combined hepatitis A and B vaccine and monovalent hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccine to approved non-for-profit organisations that have a high proportion of at risk clients (sSee Sections 2.1 and 2.2) to be provided free to their at risk clients.
Dr Peter Flett
This circular last updated: Wednesday, 17 September 2008 at 3:18pm