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Protect newborns - Administer hepatitis B vaccine at birth

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) is urging hospitals and birthing centers to meet the national standard of care by providing a universal birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine.
It prevents mother-to-infant transmission
Prevents 70%–95% of transmission to infants born to HBsAg-positive women
It prevents household transmission
Protects infants from infected family members and other caregivers
It provides protection if medical errors occur
Provides a safety net to prevent perinatal transmission when medical errors occur
Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll
Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll
Recognizing hospitals and birthing centers that have attained high coverage rates for administering hepatitis B vaccine at birth.
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who's on the honor roll?
Do You Qualify?
Do You Qualify for the Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll? If so, apply today
Informational flyer on applying for the birth dose honor roll.
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Give birth to the end of Hep B [PDF]
Describes how birthing institutions can prevent perinatal hepatitis B virus transmission and IAC’s initiative.
Revised: April 2015
Size: 43 slides (3.8 MB)
PowerPoint slide set and accompanying script
Launch: Give birth to the end of Hep B
Healthcare professionals are invited to watch this archived webinar about strategies and tools for increasing hepatitis B birth dose coverage in birthing settings.
Campaign launch date: July 16, 2013
HepB Birth Dose Questions?
Contact: Perinatal HepB Coordinators
Email IAC: birthdose@immunize.org
CDC Update: Shortened Interval for Postvaccination Serologic Testing of Infants Born to Hepatitis B-Infected Mothers
MMWR, October 9, 2015
Hospitals Across New York Struggle to Vaccinate Newborns Against Deadly Hepatitis B Virus
New York World, March 9, 2015
City's Top Hospitals Fail to Vaccinate Newborns Against Hep B, Study Shows
DNAInfo New York, July 21, 2014
Statement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Letter of support for the initiative from Assistant Secretary of Health Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH
Press Release: New IAC Guidebook Helps Birthing Institutions Give birth to the end of Hep B
IAC Recognizes Albany Medical Center for Achieving 99% Birth Dose Coverage Rate
Endorsed by AAFP, AAP, ACOG, CDC
Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns
Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns
IAC’s comprehensive guidebook is a complete resource to help hospitals and birthing centers establish, implement, and optimize their birth dose policies.
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Give birth to the end of Hep B
Birth dose handout
Use this fact sheet on the importance of implementing a hepatitis B birth dose policy to garner support in your healthcare setting.
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This page was updated on August 1, 2016.
This page was reviewed on July 21, 2016.
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