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Updated March 30, 2022


Hepatitis B is a Contagious Disease Caused by the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and is the Leading Cause of Liver Cancer

Hepatitis B transmission from mother to child is the leading cause of chronic infection. If not vaccinated, 9 in 10 children infected with HBV at birth will progress to chronic infections.

The percentage of newborns given the shot of hepatitis B vaccine at birth in each region in 2020:

  • Americas – 60%
  • Africa – 6%
  • Europe – 41%
  • Eastern Mediterranean – 35%
  • South East Asia – 51%
  • Western Pacific – 84%

The African Region has the highest number of hepatitis B infections in children and the fewest newborns given the hepatitis B vaccine at birth.

The Key to Eliminating HBV Infection

Vaccinating babies within 24 hours of birth followed by 2-3 vaccinations within 6 months is the key to eliminating HBV infections.

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Page last reviewed: March 22, 2022
Content source: Global Immunization