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Vaccination of Infants, Children, and Adolescents

Infant being immunizedThe Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that all children receive their first dose of Hepatitis B vaccine at birth and complete the vaccine series by age 6–18 months. Older children and adolescents who did not previously receive the Hepatitis B vaccine should also be vaccinated.

Guidelines and Recommendations

Hepatitis B Vaccination Recommendations for Infants, Children, and Adolescents
MMWR 2005;54(RR-16)
Appendix A: Case Finding and Management of HBsAg-Positive Persons
Appendix B: Immunization Management Issues
Appendix C: Postexposure Prophylaxis
PDF version [PDF - 39 pages]: (with appendices)

Corrected Table 4: Hepatitis B Immunization Management of Preterm Infants Weighing <2,000 g, by Maternal Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HBsAg) Status [PDF - 1 page]

Related Articles:
Newborn Hepatitis B Vaccination Coverage Among Children Born January 2003–June 2005 — United States
MMWR 2008;57(30):825-828

Implementation of Newborn Hepatitis B Vaccination — Worldwide, 2006
MMWR 2008;57(46);1249-1252


Immunization Schedules and Dosages

Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedules
Immunization schedules for all childhood and adolescent vaccines, available in multiple formats

Recommended doses of Hepatitis B vaccines (by age group and vaccine type)


Standing Orders

Nursery nurse and babyGuidelines for Standing Orders in Labor & Delivery & Nursery Units to Prevent Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Transmission to Newborns [PDF - 2 pages]

Standing Orders for Administering Hepatitis B Vaccine to Children and Teens [PDF - 1 page]


State Vaccination Requirements

Hepatitis B Vaccination Requirements for Day Care and School, by State


Related Pages

Patient Education Materials

Vaccines and Immunizations

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