In South Africa, we observe World Hepatitis Day on 28 July. Hepatitis refers to an inflammatory condition of the liver. It is commonly caused by a viral infection, but there are other possible causes of hepatitis. These include auto-immune hepatitis and hepatitis that occurs as a secondary result of medications, drugs, toxins, and alcohol. Auto-immune hepatitis is a disease that occurs when your body makes antibodies against your liver tissue.
The world has been changed by the modern advancements of vaccines and immunisations to some of the most devastating diseases, infections and viruses the world has ever seen. And to celebrate these medical feats, the World Health Organization (WHO) established World Immunisation Week – celebrated in the last week of April (24 to 30 April) and the theme this year is #VaccinesWork for All.