Clip and substitute for Summary on p 434, vol 123, April 1972
—Since errors were made in translating and interpreting an article by Jean-Pierre Soulier and colleagues on "Prevention of Virus B Hepatitis (SH Hepatitis)," a rewritten summary is hereby provided. It should replace the Summary which appeared on page 434 of the April 1972 issue (vol 123) of Am J Dis Child.
Since traditional prophylactic procedures are not effective in preventing infection with hepatitis B virus, the possibility of inducing active immunity with heat-inactivated antigen was explored. The very variable nature of the response in 11 volunteer recipients was reported. In an additional 27 subjects who had been exposed to hepatitis B virus (either accidentally or by blood transfusion), passive immunity was induced with specific anti-Au γ-globulin administered during the first week following the exposure. The procedure was effective and innocuous.