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Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns

A comprehensive guide for implementing the hepatitis B birth dose

The Immunization Action Coalition's (IAC) comprehensive guidebook Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns is a complete resource for helping hospitals and birthing centers establish, implement, and optimize their birth dose policies. The book breaks new ground as a policy and best practices guide for newborn hepatitis B immunization. AAFP, AAP, ACOG, and CDC endorse administering hepatitis B vaccine prior to hospital discharge and all have provided review of this guide.
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Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns
Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns
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“…The resources compiled by the IAC and being shared as part of this new initiative with all hospitals and birthing centers in the new resource, Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Know to Protect Newborns, are important evidence-based tools and will complement other efforts to increase the proportion of hospitals and birthing centers that routinely administer the birth dose of the HBV vaccine across our nation, resulting in further reductions of new hepatitis B infections in infants…”   - read HHS statement
Dr. Howard K. Koh
Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Service
Cover Art 1
Endorsements for the Universal Hepatitis B Birth Dose (AAFP, AAP, ACOG, and CDC) 2
Acknowledgements 3
Table of Contents 4-5
Chapter 1: Preventing Hepatitis B in Newborns: What’s Needed 6-8
Chapter 1 Header Page
Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns Executive Summary
Measuring Hepatitis B Vaccination for Newborns Prior to Hospital Discharge Is Endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF)
Chapter 2: Reducing Medical Errors: Case Reports 9-21
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States Report Hundreds of Medical Errors in Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention
Unprotected Infant Dies of Fulminant Hepatitis B
Medical Errors Put Infants at Risk for Chronic Hepatitis B Virus Infection – Six Case Reports
Two More Infants Chronically Infected with Hepatitis B Virus… the Medical Errors Continue
Give the Birth Dose. . .Hepatitis B Vaccine at Birth Saves Lives!
Chapter 3: Addressing the Problem: Practical Tools 22-36
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Guidance for Developing Admission Orders in Labor & Delivery and Newborn Units to Prevent Hepatitis B Virus Transmission
Sample Text for Developing Admission Orders in Newborn Units for the Hepatitis B Vaccine Birth Dose
About Hepatitis B Vaccine Information Statements
English-language Hepatitis B Vaccine Information Statement
Spanish-language Hepatitis B Vaccine Information Statement
About the Parent Handout Hepatitis B Shots Are Recommended for All New Babies
Hepatitis B Shots Are Recommended for All New Babies
Childhood Immunization Record Cards
Chapter 4: Obtaining Support: Helpful Contacts 37-39
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Your State or Local Perinatal Hepatitis B Coordinator Can Help Implement the Hepatitis B Birth Dose
How the Vaccines For Children (VFC) Program Can Help Your Hospital
Appendix: Authoritative Resources 40-85
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A Comprehensive Immunization Strategy to Eliminate Transmission of Hepatitis B Virus Infection in the United States. MMWR, December 23, 2005, Vol. 54(RR16):133
Gaps in Hospital Policies and Practices to Prevent Perinatal Transmission of Hepatitis B Virus. Pediatrics, April 2010, Vol. 125(4):704–711
Additional Resources
Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll
Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll
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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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B&W version
Watch archived webinar
slide set
Related Resources
Hepatitis B Birth Dose
Access the latest recommendations, news, information, and resources from IAC, government agencies, professional journals, and other organizations in one spot
Handouts for Patients and Staff
Materials about the hepatitis B birth dose, including patient brochures in several languages
Ask the Experts: Pregnancy, Perinatal, and Infant Hepatitis B Issues
CDC experts answer challenging questions about vaccination
Hepatitis B
Collected resources and information about the disease and vaccines
This page was updated on February 26, 2016.
This page was reviewed on January 28, 2016.
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