The Importance of Hepatitis Day 2021
Every year on 28th July, on World Hepatitis Day, the world comes together to raise awareness of the strain and impact of viral hepatitis on the global healthcare and medical industry. This year, in 2021, the theme focuses on ‘Hepatitis Can’t Wait’ considering the effect of COVID on the healthcare facilities and the shortage of medical equipment and technology to emphasize the importance of treatment and prevention for hepatitis.
What is Hepatitis?
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, most commonly caused by a viral infection. There are six main categories of Hepatitis A, B, C, D, E & G; Differentiated by the various strains of viruses causing them- they cause distinctively different reactions developed in the human body.
5 Interesting Facts About The Vaccine
1. 3 out of 6 types of hepatitis have Vaccines.
Types A and B have vaccines widely in use worldwide; Type E vaccine currently has limited availability. Meanwhile, trials are ongoing for type C vaccines in labs with medical equipment. D and G have no available vaccines.
2. Hepatitis B is the first preventive vaccine for major cancer.
The vaccine for Hepatitis B is one of the greatest developments in the medical industry. The vaccine is a big step forward in medical technology and research towards cancer treatment and prevention.
3. Hepatitis B Vaccines are the most effective at birth.
New-born children of Hepatitis B affected mothers must receive the vaccine within 24 hours of birth to avoid chronic conditions. The birth dose is part of a 6-month schedule during which all infants should complete all shots.
4. All the available vaccines are fully effective for lifetime.
Based on the types of hepatitis and the manufacturer of the vaccines- the treatment and the number of doses of the syringe shots required for maximum efficiency varies.
5. The vaccines are formulated through different methods.
The hepatitis B vaccine utilizes a modified surface protein found on the liver to generate an immune response in the body. Produced by destroying the complete virus with formaldehyde- The hepatitis A vaccine cannot cause any hepatitis since it is inactive. Hepatitis E is a recombinant vaccine.