Elimination of perinatal hepatitis B: Providing the first vaccine dose within 24 hours of birth

COMMITTEE ON INFECTIOUS DISEASES, COMMITTEE ON FETUS AND NEWBORN

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Abstract

After the introduction of the hepatitis B vaccine in the United States in 1982, a greater than 90% reduction in new infections was achieved. However, approximately 1000 new cases of perinatal hepatitis B infection are still identified annually in the United States. Prevention of perinatal hepatitis B relies on the proper and timely identification of infants born to mothers who are hepatitis B surface antigen positive and to mothers with unknown status to ensure administration of appropriate postexposure immunoprophylaxis with hepatitis B vaccine and immune globulin. To reduce the incidence of perinatal hepatitis B transmission further, the American Academy of Pediatrics endorses the recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that all newborn infants with a birth weight of greater than or equal to 2000 g receive hepatitis B vaccine by 24 hours of age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere20171870
JournalPediatrics
Volume140
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2017

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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COMMITTEE ON INFECTIOUS DISEASES, COMMITTEE ON FETUS AND NEWBORN (2017). Elimination of perinatal hepatitis B: Providing the first vaccine dose within 24 hours of birth. Pediatrics, 140(3), [e20171870]. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2017-1870