What CDC is Doing About Global Hepatitis B

Updated March 28, 2022

CDC works with partners and countries around the world to decrease the burden of hepatitis B. CDC’s focus includes:

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Support Verification of Achievement of Hepatitis B Control and Elimination Goals

Improving Coverage of Hepatitis B Vaccine Birth Dose

  • Implement and evaluate interventions to improve timely hepatitis B vaccine access and demand at birth
  • Evaluate best practices for using hepatitis B birth dose vaccine in a controlled temperature chain
  • Evaluate and improve hepatitis B birth dose vaccine implementation in children born in health facilities and those born outside of health facilities

Support Introduction of Hepatitis B Birth Dose Vaccination

Woman holds newborn receiving a birth dose vaccination by a healthcare worker at a health facility in Lao.
  • Contribute to the global hepatitis B birth dose introduction guidelinesexternal iconexternal icon
  • Compile evidence on the burden of hepatitis B infection among pregnant women and estimate the risk of mother-to-child transmission in African countries without a hepatitis B birth dose. These data can help inform decision-makers about the need to implement hepatitis B vaccine for newborns
  • Support the assessment of the cost of hepatitis B birth dose vaccine introduction
  • Participate in post-introduction assessments of hepatitis B birth dose vaccination to improve program performance and prevent hepatitis B infections

Diagnostics and Innovations

  • Evaluate rapid field-testing methods against the standard lab-based testing for hepatitis B
  • Evaluate new methods for hepatitis B testing for possible integration with tests for other vaccine-preventable diseases
  • Evaluate a hepatitis B microneedle patch vaccine-delivery system
Page last reviewed: March 22, 2022
Content source: Global Immunization