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Give birth to the end of Hep B

Protect newborns - Administer hepatitis B vaccine at birth

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) is urging hospitals and birthing centers to meet the national standard of care by providing a universal birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine.
It prevents mother-to-infant transmission
Prevents 70%–95% of transmission to infants born to HBsAg-positive women
It prevents household transmission
Protects infants from infected family members and other caregivers
It provides protection if medical errors occur
Provides a safety net to prevent perinatal transmission when medical errors occur
Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll
Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll
Recognizing hospitals and birthing centers that have attained high coverage rates for administering hepatitis B vaccine at birth.
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who's on the honor roll?
HONOR ROLL INFO SHEET
Do You Qualify?
Do You Qualify for the Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll? If so, apply today
Informational flyer on applying for the birth dose honor roll.
 AAP BIRTH DOSE VIDEO
This video from the American Academy of Pediatrics tells us that vaccinating newborns against hepatitis B within 24 hours of birth prevents transmission of this potentially deadly infection.
 SLIDE SETS & SCRIPTS
Give Birth to the End of Hep B [PDF]
Describes how birthing institutions can prevent perinatal hepatitis B virus transmission and IAC’s initiative.
Revised: May 2020 | Size: 36 slides
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Strategies to Increase Enrollment in IAC's Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll [PDF]
Describes how perinatal hepatitis B coordinators can assist hospitals in qualifying and applying for the HepB birth dose honor roll.
Revised: July 2020 | Size: 83 slides
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 ARCHIVED WEBINAR
Launch: Give Birth to the End of Hep B
Healthcare professionals are invited to watch this archived webinar about strategies and tools for increasing hepatitis B birth dose coverage in birthing settings.
Campaign launch date: July 16, 2013
 
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HepB Birth Dose Questions?
Contact: Perinatal HepB Coordinators
Email IAC: birthdose@immunize.org
 
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NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
AAP Policy Statement: Providing Care for Infants Born at Home
AAP publishes a policy statement for the care of infants born at home (although AAP believes that current data show that hospitals and accredited birth centers are the safest settings for birth in the United States). This guidance includes a recommendation for the birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine for all eligible babies and PEP for babies born to HBsAg-positive and unknown status mothers. (Pediatrics, April 20, 2020)
Prevention of Hepatitis B Virus Infection in the United States: Recommendations of the ACIP
CDC publishes new ACIP recommendations that include the routine administration of hepatitis B vaccine to healthy newborns within 24 hours of birth (CDC,MMWR, 1/12/18)
CDC/AAP/AAFP/ACOG Recommend HepB Birth Dose within 24 Hours of Birth for Low-Risk, Normal-Weight Newborns
(Previously HepB was recommended "before hospital discharge" for these infants.) "Recommended Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule for ages 18 years or younger, United States," (CDC/AAP/ACIP/ACOG) See Hepatitis B Vaccination note.
CDC Update: Shortened Interval for Postvaccination Serologic Testing of Infants Born to Hepatitis B-Infected Mothers
MMWR, October 9, 2015
City's Top Hospitals Fail to Vaccinate Newborns Against Hep B, Study Shows
DNAInfo New York, July 21, 2014
Statement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Support of IAC's Initiative to "Give Birth to the End of Hep B"
Letter of support for the initiative from Assistant Secretary of Health Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH
Press Release: New IAC Guidebook Helps Birthing Institutions Give birth to the end of Hep B
IAC Recognizes Albany Medical Center for Achieving 99% Birth Dose Coverage Rate
Endorsed by AAFP, AAP, ACOG, CDC
Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns
IAC'S COMPLETE GUIDE
Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns
IAC’s comprehensive guidebook is a complete resource to help hospitals and birthing centers establish, implement, and optimize their birth dose policies.
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BIRTH DOSE CAMPAIGN INFO SHEET
Give birth to the end of Hep B
Birth dose handout
Use this fact sheet on the importance of implementing a hepatitis B birth dose policy to garner support in your healthcare setting.
HepB Birth Dose Surveys (2001, 2002)
 
This page was updated on July 13, 2020.
This page was reviewed on January 14, 2020.
 
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