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  • Hepatitis B
  • For Children & Teens

Should all children age 0 through 18 years be vaccinated against hepatitis B?

Yes. CDC recommends that all children age 0 through 18 years be fully vaccinated against hepatitis B. This recommendation is also endorsed by AAP and AAFP and is published as part of the annual Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule ( Vaccination should be initiated for children and teenagers not previously vaccinated and vaccination completed for all those whose vaccine series is incomplete.

All children and adolescents younger than age 19 years (including internationally adopted children) who were born in Asia, the Pacific Islands, Africa, or other intermediate or high-endemic countries or who have at least one parent who was born in a high-endemic area should be tested for HBsAg and should complete the vaccine series if they were not previously vaccinated or were incompletely vaccinated.

Last reviewed: July 21, 2023

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