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Vaccination of Infants, Children, and Adolescents

Infant being immunized

The 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

Related Articles:
Update: Shortened Interval for Postvaccination Serologic Testing of Infants Born to Hepatitis B-Infected Mothers
MMWR 2015;64(39);1118-20

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 baby

Guidelines 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

Hepatitis B Vaccination, Screening, and Linkage to Care: Best Practice Advice From the American College of Physicians and CDC
Vaccines and Immunizations