Launched in 2013, Immunize.org’s Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll recognizes U.S. birthing institutions that have attained a hepatitis B vaccine birth dose coverage rate of 90% or greater. Honorees must also have written birth dose policies in place, including procedures and protocols in the event of medical errors.
Our First Honoree
The Albany Medical Center in New York, with support from the New York State Department of Health Immunization Bureau, was the first institution to be included in our Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll. They were honored in 2013 for achieving a birth dose coverage rate of 99%. Since our first honoree, the list has grown and now totals more than 575 institutions.
Applying for the Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll
To be included in Immunize.org’s Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll:
- You have achieved, over a 12-month period, a coverage rate of 90% or greater for administering hepatitis B vaccine before hospital discharge to all newborns (regardless of weight). This includes newborns whose parents refuse vaccination.
- You have written and implemented birth dose policies, procedures, and protocols to protect all newborns from hepatitis B virus infection prior to hospital discharge
Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns
Read or download our comprehensive guidebook to establish, implement, and optimize your birth dose policies. This guidebook was last updated in 2016 and does not reflect more recent CDC vaccination recommendations; however, its principles and policy concepts remain valid.
Birth Dose Initiative
Immunize.org urges hospitals and birthing centers to meet the national standard of care by providing a universal birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine.